event at Nashville’s Lipscomb University. Pictured (L-R) Jamie Johnson,
Jeremy Abshire, Danny Roberts, Charlie Daniels, Terry Eldredge and
Aaron McDaris (of Rhonda Vincent’s The Rage, filling in for Kristin
Scott Benson.) PHOTO BY GORDY COLLINS
always ready to step up and support our active military and veterans,”
explained Jamie Johnson of The Grascals. “We’re so proud to call Charlie
Daniels a friend and to join him in support of the people who serve far
away so that we can all pursue our lives in security here at home.”
Daniels, an avid supporter of the military, expressed pleasure with the evening and the community support.
have so many heroes whose needs fly below our radar,” said Daniels.
“This shouldn’t be happening and this event is helping to make sure it
Eldredge is even more effusive, saying of his friend, “I believe
Charlie Daniels is Santa Claus, I really do. He is always giving.”
appearing, military veteran and country music artist, Keni Thomas, and
the Christian Rock band, Bleach, whose members lost a brother in Iraq.
The event included a presentation by Mary Byers, President of Gold Star Mothers, Inc., an organization of mothers who have lost sons or daughters who were in military service.
ABOUT LIPSCOMB UNIVERSITY’S YELLOW RIBBON ENHANCEMENT PROGRAM:
veterans who qualify for 100 percent of the Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits,
Lipscomb University has committed to allocate the necessary funds to
allow them to earn a tuition-free undergraduate degree through the
Yellow Ribbon Enhancement Program. The university also offers qualifying
student veterans a variety of graduate degrees tuition-free or at a
greatly reduced tuition rate. Lipscomb University officials believe
strongly in helping open doors for student veterans through the Yellow
Ribbon Program. Since its inception in fall 2009, Lipscomb’s Yellow
Ribbon Program has grown from 20 original participants to more than 150
veterans enrolled this spring. Students have performed well academically
with 71 percent of currently enrolled student veterans maintaining a
minimum 3.0 GPA, with 13 percent of those maintaining a perfect 4.0
GPA. “Our veterans know that freedom isn’t free, but we think their
education should be. At Lipscomb we have a very unique opportunity to
help open doors for our veterans through higher education,” said Jim
Humphrey, Assistant Dean of Campus Life and Director of Veterans
Services at Lipscomb.