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Military veterans were the impetus for Tuesday night's packed concert at Lipscomb University's Allen Arena that featured Charlie Daniels as host, as well as a string of hit-making country performers.

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The March 25 concert was part of the Copperweld Charlie Daniels’ Scholarship for Heroes event that celebrated vets and worked to raise money and bring greater awareness to the national Veterans Yellow Ribbon education program, in addition to generating money for scholarships for vets at Lipscomb University. Members of the military and their families were guests of the events corporate sponsors. Proceeds from the event benefitted Daniels' scholarship for vets at Lipscomb.

As for those who donated their musical talents, the concert featured performances by the Charlie Daniels Band, along with Clint Black, Kellie Pickler, The Grascals, the U.S. Navy Band Sea Chanters, and the American Hitmen. Moreover, to the delight of attendees, two additional country hit-makers--Lee Greenwood and the reigning ACM Entertainer of the Year, Luke Bryan--made appearances. The ever-patriotic Greenwood took the stage early in the evening, with a performance of his anthem-hit, “God Bless the USA,” and then later, the crowd erupted as Bryan took the stage.

"The sacrifices these veterans and their families have made help keep our country free," Bryan told concertgoers. "We should take care of them in whatever ways that we can, and that includes a good college education."

Sponsored by Copperweld, Humana, Grand Avenue, Twice Daily, Clear Channel, Shofner Vision Center, Lipscomb, Glover Group Entertainment and produced by David Corlew & Associates, the show was streamed live worldwide by Blue Scout Media and will also be broadcast to all U.S. military bases in coming weeks by the Pentagon Channel and Armed Forces TV. To view the show or for further information, please visit http://stagehop.com.

“This show just gets bigger every year as the Nashville community continues to show how much they love and support our military,” remarked Daniels, who launched the event in 2010.

As a result of Daniels' efforts on behalf of military heroes, up to 10 veteran students annually receive the Charlie Daniels Scholarship for Heroes, which benefits veterans who do not qualify for Lipscomb’s Yellow Ribbon Enhancement Program that 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.

“It’s an honor to be part of something special like the Charlie Daniels’ Scholarship for Heroes event,” noted Texas-born and based country star Black. “As if it weren’t enough that Charlie Daniels asked me to sing—our troops occupy a very special place in our history. We have to do our utmost to make sure the part we play in their history is worthy of their sacrifice and commitment. This event is playing a fantastic role, making higher education a reality for returning veterans. I’m thrilled to be a part of this special evening.”

More about Lipscomb University’s Veteran Services Program

For veterans who qualify for 100 percent of the Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits, Lipscomb University has committed to allocate the necessary money 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 graduated 104 student veterans. 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. This semester, more than 200 student veterans are enrolled at Lipscomb University.

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

Video bonus: To learn more about Kellie Pickler's support of U.S. troops, please access the video embedded with this post.

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