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Evening to Feature Remarks by Decorated Military Vets Chris Spence and Mario Vigil, Two of the "Real Horse Soldiers" Portrayed in New Critically-Acclaimed Film,'12 Strong'

Daniels and Special Guest Chris Young to Perform Live; Tickets Available for Purchase by Calling 615-742-3193

Country music and southern rock legend Charlie Daniels has announced the inaugural "Charlie Daniels Patriot Award Dinner" to be held at The Palm Restaurant  in NashvilleTennessee on TuesdaySeptember 18. The evening will feature remarks from decorated military veterans Chris Spence and Mario Vigil, two of the "Real Horse Soldiers" portrayed in the 2018 critically-acclaimed film, 12 Strong, starring Chris Hemsworth. Daniels and special guest Chris Young will also perform live. SiriusXM's Storme Warren will emcee the event.

On behalf of his veterans non-profit organization, The Journey Home Project (TJHP), the Country Music Hall of Famer will also award the first-ever Charlie Daniels Patriot Award to two special honorees, handpicked by Daniels and his manager and TJHP co-founder, David Corlew. This year's recipients will be announced at a later day.

"We are adding a new feature to the Journey Home fundraiser this year," says Daniels. "We are going to be presenting the first Charlie Daniels Patriot Award to some folks who have gone above and beyond to help our veterans."

The criteria for the Charlie Daniels Patriot Award is based on the mission of The Journey Home Project: To support veterans in their return, rehabilitation, and reintegration back into civilian life. The award honors a person, persons, or group that exemplifies the efforts and dedication to fulfill its purpose of care, support and encouragement to the men, women, and families who have served our great nation. 

Along with Daniels, Spence and Vigil, the evening's guest speakers include military vets Mark "Oz" GeistKyle E. Lamb, and David Rutherford, as well as former New York City police commissioner Bernard B. Kerik.

The event kicks-off at 6:30 p.m. with a silent auction, followed by The Palm's signature Surf & Turf dinner at 7:00 p.m. The program and live auction begin at 8:00 p.m. A limited number of guest tables (seats 8) remain at $3,000 each. Limited individual tickets are also available for purchase at $300.00 per seat. For table/ticket purchases, contact Paige Dixon: 615-742-3193 /

All proceeds from the evening benefit The Journey Home Project. The event is produced by David Corlew & Associates.

The "Charlie Daniels Patriot Award Dinner" is sponsored by The PalmMilitary Systems GroupEmpire Distributors of TennesseeInc., the Shepherd Center,Wondergraphics, APAUES (Utility Equipment Service), MTSU's Charlie and Hazel Daniels Veterans and Military Family CenterOutback Concerts and Team Construction.

About Charlie Daniels

From his Dove Award-winning gospel albums to his genre-defining Southern Rock anthems and his CMA Award-winning country hits, few artists have left a more indelible mark on America's musical landscape than Charlie Daniels. An outspoken patriot, beloved mentor, and still a road warrior at age 81, Daniels has parlayed his passion for music into a multi-platinum career and a platform to support the military, underprivileged children, and others in need. The Charlie Daniels Band has long populated radio with memorable hits and his signature song, "The Devil Went Down to Georgia." Over the course of his career, Daniels has received numerous accolades, including his induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame, the Musicians Hall of Fame and becoming a member of the Grand Ole Opry. Daniels helps to shine the spotlight on the many causes that are close to his heart. He's a staunch supporter of the military and lends his time and talent to numerous charitable organizations, including The Journey Home Project, that he founded in 2014 with his manager, David Corlew, to help veterans of the United States Armed Forces.

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About The Journey Home Project

The Journey Home Project is a not-for profit organization that assists other not-for-profits in securing funds to help causes that benefit veterans of the United States Armed Forces. The Journey Home Project was founded in 2014 by country music legend Charlie Daniels and his manager, David Corlew. Conscious of the need to assist our nation's veterans, they have set out to partner with organizations that do the most good, with the least overhead. Working in tandem with these organizations, The Journey Home Project is making a difference in the lives of American patriots. For more information, visit


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