Charlie Daniels hits the spot when it comes to southern gospel and country twang. Although he is going on 83-years-old, he’s still touring. Daniels says, “As long as it’s in God will, if people want to hear me, I’ll keep doing it.”
However, music is not the only thing that people love about Daniels. The “Devil Went Down to Georgia” performer also has a big heart for veterans and America. In fact, he created a nonprofit called the Journey Home Project for those who have sacrificed everything for their country.
Daniels said, “My manager, myself and some other people started this Journey Home Project to help — we’ve come to find out there is a great need for assistance by veterans who are returning from their service. Most of the people that we deal with haven’t gotten that.”
“We all know the agencies that are tasked with helping our military people are bureaucracies that, by nature, grind slow,” he continued, “So there are immediate needs and slow bureaucracies, and we kind of step in and try to help out.”
The “Charlie Daniels Patriot Award Dinner” earned $200,000 for America’s veterans and all of the proceeds from the evening went to Daniels’ veterans non-profit. The multi-platinum artist says that although his organization is small, they pack a lot of pride and haven’t met a challenge they couldn’t tackle.
“We’ve done things as mundane as buying a bicycle for a guy to ride to work. We’ve helped people get medical care, we’ve helped people get educated and try to help people get jobs. Just whatever we can do to help ease the burden on our veterans when they come back from [service],” the country artist said.
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— Charlie Daniels (@CharlieDaniels) September 10, 2019
“You know, you go into service for 20 years, and especially the people who were once in combat, you go into service and come back and you’re walking into a different world,” Daniels continued, “You’re walking from a regimented world where everybody gets involved in the same situation into a place where you’re dealing with a bunch of civilians who don’t know anything at all about what it’s like to put on your battle rattle and walk out into where there are IEDs and people shooting at you”
“It’s a whole other world that they have not been living in but they — of course, it’s an individual thing — some people need more than others need. Some people come back with bad cases of PTSD and they desperately need help, but it may be years after the fact until they discover this,” he said, “We’re just trying to be there for them — for all of our veterans.”