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The Grascals Join Charlie Daniels in Support of US Military

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Charlie Daniels and The GrascalsNashville, TN -- This week, the legendary Charlie Daniels hosted the Charlie Daniels’ Scholarship for Heroes event; a special free concert to support Lipscomb University’s Yellow Ribbon Enhancement Program. Daniels was joined by a chart-topping lineup of entertainment industry friends including Jason Aldean, Lee Greenwood, Chris Young and the multi-award winning Bluegrass music band, The Grascals, making their fourth consecutive appearance at the annual event.

“We’re 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.

“We 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 doesn’t.”

Terry Eldredge is even more effusive, saying of his friend, “I believe Charlie Daniels is Santa Claus, I really do. He is always giving.”

Also 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.

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.

or more information about Lipscomb University’s Yellow Ribbon Enhancement Program, call 615-966-5176 or visit veterans.lipscomb.edu

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