Nashville, Tenn. (April 20, 2020) — Country Music Hall of Fame member Charlie Daniels and his veterans non-profit The Journey Home Project (TJHP) are joining forces with another non-profit group, Code of Vets, to aid former U.S. servicemen and women who are suffering amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Today the country music and southern rock icon announced the partnership between the two organizations. Their collective mission is a call to action to seek public donations for vets suffering from economic hardships as well as those who have contracted the virus.
"Gretchen Smith and the folks at Code of Vets cover the guys below the radar, the ones with immediate needs and no place to turn, with a rapid deployment type response to veterans in desperate circumstances," says Daniels. "These are same veterans who put their lives on the line to protect our freedom. Our nation is pretty distracted by the Coronavirus pandemic we’re all dealing with, but the need in the veterans world goes on, and the urgent need for funds is truly critical. I would ask you to join The Journey Home Project in supporting Code of Vets in providing for the needs of our most worthy citizens."
There are many stories from Americans during the COVID-19 crisis but for weeks there has been a group suffering in silence: our veterans. Most days these men and women battle PTSD, Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI), hunger, homelessness and unemployment, but do their best to stay afloat. Code of Vets, a 501c3, has been on the front lines assisting a large number of veterans and their families, finding those in need of even the most basic items such as food, running water and electricity. Some have been infected with the virus itself.
“We are operating under emergency conditions with this alarming spike of veterans in crisis," explains Code of Vets Founder Gretchen Smith. "Please donate to assist with basic needs like food, housing and utilities. Our veterans matter. Every dollar matters. It is on us to take care of our own.”
“I've watched the amazing work that Gretchen and her team have done over the past year," notes TJHP co-founder and Daniels' manager David Corlew. "It's a natural fit for us to team with Code of Vets during a critical time such as this. Our Veterans need us. They fought for us so it's time for us to return the service. We can do this."
In pre-COVID-19 times Code of Vets assisted veterans with mental health crisis, unemployment, housing and transportation, among others, but they are now encountering dire situations that they never expected. Pressing issues include:
  • 75 requests for food assistance in the last five days — four within one hour
  • Veterans with no electricity or water because bills cannot be paid
  • Code of Vets is spending hours on the phone with much higher number of suicidal vets who cannot properly process the pandemic
  • Eleven veterans in CA were recently lifted from homelessness by raising enough funds to pay for room and board at a veteran’s board and care — these veterans have all lost their jobs and we are scrambling to find funding for their food and board
  • Many veterans living in motels/extended stay hotels who have lost jobs and cannot pay their upcoming bills — rent and mortgage relief programs do not apply to them
  • Many veterans are finding their mortgage companies are not deferring payments and cannot pay mortgage due to layoffs
  • Veterans unable to afford even gas and car payments — it is imperative to keep vehicles so they can reach the VA for necessary mental health appointments
This is only a glimpse into COVID-19’s effect on the veteran community. 
“It is no longer business as usual. The urgency of these needs require all of our resources all of the time and we need more Americans to step up for our veterans as they did for them,” adds Smith.
Daniels and The Journey Home Project urge the public to donate to Code of Vets during this trying time for our nation’s military heroes. Donations can be made at codeofvets.com
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 83, 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.
For more information, visit charliedaniels.com.
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. TJHP was founded in 2014 by country music legend Charlie Daniels and his manager, David Corlew. In 2018,Major General Terry "Max" Haston (retired) joined TJHP as the non-profit's newest board member. 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, TJHP is making a difference in the lives of American patriots.
For more information, visit thejourneyhomeproject.org.
About Code of Vets
Code of Vets was founded by Air Force Veteran, Gretchen Smith. It is a 501c3 and exclusively uses social media to raise awareness for veterans in distress. With more than 200,000 followers just on Twitter (they have a following on Facebook as well), last year alone, Code of Vets raised over $790,000 to help hundreds of veterans with suicide prevention, housing, food, clothing, medical and transportation just to name a few — with only 1% operating costs -- nearly every penny that came in went right back out to veterans. Veterans receive near-immediate care/assistance upon request because of their unique platform. Code of Vets has caught the attention of celebrities and public figures alike including Sean Hannity, Bill O’Reilly, Sidney Powell, Larry The Cable Guy, Oak Ridge Boys, Scott Baio, Herschell Walker and even Charlie Daniels who they have an on-going partnership with. The inspiration for Code of Vets came from Sgt. Danny E. Smiley, Gretchen's dad and Airborne Angel. He was a Bronze Star Medal recipient, a 100 percent disabled Vietnam Veteran - exposed to agent orange. He lost his battle with PTSD at age 57.
For more information, visit codeofvets.com


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I saw your interview with Gretchen Smith of Code for Vets on the Huckabee Show more than a month ago. I felt inspired and promptly signed up to volunteer. It has been over a month and no one has ever contacted me. Obviously there is no infrastructure. Further research states that Code for Vets is a Scam. I regret that I trusted in your interview and I suggest you do some further needed research yourself on this organization that you have chosen to stand with. I was ready to help but no one contacted me. I guess they just wanted money. *NOTE* Code of Vets is most definitely NOT a scam. The best way to try to get in touch with Gretchen is probably on Twitter where she is very active. She also shares screenshots of money being transferred directly to vets from PayPal, and many have tweeted their thanks to Gretchen on Twitter, and to date, The Journey Home Project and Code of Vets have raised and distributed more than $500,000 to vets in need. Gretchen's Twitter account is @cov_gretchen and the official and Verified account for Code of Vets is @codeofvets - TeamCDB/BW
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Tried to contact code of vets on twitter with no luck, do you have a number, also sent emails. I have something that could really help them. *NOTE* I don't personally have an email, but I can check with someone at Charlie's The Journey Home Project. I don't know if they have a number, I think they operate bare bones. I think it's basically Gretchen and her husband, and she's the one distributing money to those in need. I will pass along your information. - TeamCDB/BW
Posted by John
US military is last trusted institution in this country - and they run elections in war zones. They can do it here. No recount of phony ballots. Thank you
Posted by Robert
U.S. Vets barbers point Scam
There are a number of 501(c)s out there that are scamming veterans through loopholes written into the very description of the VA and state care systems. Regarded as "program fees" these institutions get away with providing little to no actual programs while still collecting federal and state funding alongside charging the veterans "program fees" as rent. While they argue it is not rent they toss veterans out on the street if the veteran refuses to pay based on non taxable federal benefits per the IRS. Federal benefits awarded to veterans need to be classified in strong enough wording that there is no mistake it cannot be considered income. In my humble opinion it's the same as the military awarding a purple heart after the fact. "Oops we are glad you did your job, but we didn't catch this in time while your were in the service to award you then." You do not know who I am and maybe never will, I'm ok with that, not doing this to be famous or for a paycheck. I do need to highlight though that I'm a 90% disabled vet with PTSD. Currently I do not qualify for state programs financially nor would I want to go back into a state system that refused to provide services promised and tried it's best to keep me down, however I legally cannot go home. I live out of a tent by night, hide my gear before dawn, and catch the bus to college where I major in psychology using VOC rehab. I stay for two reasons, 1 to peacefully protest the inhumane treatment of our veterans (this place knowingly allows drugs to be sold in the open on site!) 2 because it's the last place my family knows where I'm at. I love them too much to break their confidence of safety or disappear into the shadows permanently. This highlights how important family ties are to a veterans recovery. Entering with compassion should be at the forefront of every endeavor to assist every individual that needs help. Life happens, we all get it, we utilize what we can in order to change the hand we've been dealt. There are so many veterans out there needing help, no soldier left behind!
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