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JUN 2019

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JUNE 2019 | COBB LIFE 35 Daniels sat down with Cobb Life Editor Katy Ruth Camp that day to talk about the two causes, his decades in the music business and his favorite musicians, which might come as a surprise to some. Q: Let's start o• by talking about the whole reason you're here. Tell me a little bit about •e Journey Home Project, Shepherd's Men and your involvement in both charities. A: Well, •e Journey Home Project is something we started several years ago. (My manager) David Corley and myself and a couple of other people got to noticing that folks who've been back from service, most of them from combat situations, there were just so many gaps in the things that they needed to get back into civilian life. So our organization, our main mission, is to be of service when they get back into civilian life. •at could mean something as simple as buying furniture or helping people get an education or medical care, just whatever it took and whatever's needed. •at's our basic mission. But we get involved in all kinds of other things. And, of course, Shepherd's Men is one of them and they are involved in a lot of the same things as us. Q: How did you come to support Shepherd's Men? A: David was the one that really made that connection. Once you start doing something and everybody's hearing about it, if you have that S h e p h e r d s m e n . o r g Shepherd's Men is an organization comprised of dedicated patriots committed to creating advocacy and opportunity for our nation's veteran heroes who have been aected by the hidden injuries of war. The group serves our noble warriors by means of outreach, empowerment and funding of treatment. Victory in combat is achieved on two fronts - on the field and in the mind. The group encourages others to share the burden and lift up our warfight- ers in need. Shepherd's Men is proudly dedicated to raising funds and awareness for SHARE Military Initiative at Shepherd Center in Atlanta. This comprehen- sive rehabilitation program focuses on assessment and treatment for military veterans who have sustained a mild to moderate Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) from service in the post-9/11 wars. To raise awareness and funds, Shepherd's Men completes an annual cross-country, which ends on Memorial Day at Shepherd Center. The runners – which are made up of active duty service members, veterans and dedicated civilians – run 22 kilometers a day while wearing 22-pound flak vests for seven days in a row, symbolizing the 22 veterans a day who commit suicide. Co-founder Travis Ellis, who is also vice president of Marietta- based Mobilized Fuels, was awarded the Citizen Honors Award from the Congressional Medal of Honor Society in 2017 for his work with Shepherd's Men. He was the first Georgia native to win the award in Medal of Honor history. Top le: Guests tinker with a guitar Daniels auctioned during the event. Top right: Former Marine and Benghazi soldier Mark Geist chats with guests. Middle le: Daniels arrives with special guests. Bottom le: Justin Jones, who hosted the event at his home with wife, Jessica, poses with Daniels aer winning the auction for Daniels' hat.

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