Legendary musician Charlie Daniels is hosting a special free concert to support Lipscomb University’s Yellow Ribbon Enhancement Program as part of the iostudio Charlie Daniels’ Scholarship for Heroes event.
Performances by Daniels along with Chris Young, The Grascals, Keni Thomas, Bleach and other special guests will be part of the program set for Tuesday, March 5 at 7 p.m. in Lipscomb’s Allen Arena.
Mary Byers, president of American Gold Star Mothers, Inc., will also be a featured guest.
Daniels will be touring the country in 2013, creating greater awareness of the national Veterans Yellow Ribbon education program. Lipscomb’s Yellow Ribbon Enhancement Program offers eligible Post 9/11 GI Bill veterans and their family members an undergraduate degree tuition-free or a graduate degree either tuition-free or at a greatly reduced tuition rate.
“We have so many heroes whose needs fly below our radar. This shouldn’t be happening and this event is helping to make sure it doesn’t,” said Daniels.
FREE tickets are made available through the generosity of the event sponsors. They are available at all Middle Tennessee Daily’s and Twice Daily’s locations, Darrell Waltrip Automotive in Franklin, Tenn., and the Lipscomb University box office. Call 615.966.7075. Members of the military and their families will be invited as guests of the event’s corporate sponsors. Guests will have an opportunity to make a donation at the event. Proceeds from the event benefit Lipscomb University’s Charlie Daniels Scholarship for Heroes Fund benefitting the university’s Yellow Ribbon Program.
Daniels will be joined by some of music’s hottest artists. Young’s single, “You,” marked his fifth consecutive No. 1 hit. Grammy-nominated group, The Grascals, have become one of the most acclaimed bands on today’s bluegrass scene for their innovative mingling of bluegrass and country music. Nashville singer, songwriter and best-selling author Keni Thomas is a combat veteran of the 75th Ranger Regiment who fought in the Battle of Mogadishu. Bleach is a contemporary Christian rock band that has earned a Dove Award and has released seven albums since the band formed in 1995.
American Gold Star Mothers, Inc., founded in 1929, is an organization of mothers who have lost sons or daughters in service to the United States. The organization exists to support mothers who have lost loved ones, to promote patriotism and to perpetuate the memory of those who have died in service to the country among other purposes.
In addition, Chase and Operation Homefront will be giving away a home the night of the show to an area Tennessee veteran.
Event sponsors and donors include iostudio, Humana, Waltrip Brothers’ Charity Championship, Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Twice Daily, Bridgestone, Chase, Operation Homefront, Clear Channel, Dollywood, Shofner Vision Center, Trauger & Tuke, Glover Group Entertainment, SunTrust and DSI.
About Lipscomb University’s Yellow Ribbon Enhancement Program
For 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.
For more information about Lipscomb University’s Yellow Ribbon Enhancement Program, call 615.966.5176 or visit veterans.lipscomb.edu.
About the federal Yellow Ribbon Program
In 2009, the Post-9/11 GI Bill was established as an education benefit program for individuals who served on active duty after Sept. 11, 2001. It is administered by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Based on a veteran’s length of service, he or she may be eligible to receive the cost of tuition and fees, not to exceed the most expensive in-state institution of higher education