Profiles in Courage: Shepherd’s Men - Soapbox Jr.
Thursday, mom, myself and several members of the CDB/ Charlie Daniels Journey Home Project family attended a fundraising event in Atlanta for an organization called Shepherd’s Men.
This event was the first since 2019 since COVID shut everything down last year, but previously, dad had attended, performed and helped raise money for an incredibly worthy cause.
Chris Young stepped up in dad’s absence and auctioned a guitar that he had played and a trip to watch the creation of a song from inception to writing to recording which three people were bidding on, and all three ended up winning. Then Chris stepped up and matched the combined bids.
Chris is a patriot in the mold of my father, in fact, Chris was the recipient of the Charlie Daniels Patriot Award at one of dad’s Journey Home Project Palm Dinners a couple of years ago.
Thank you, Chris.
It was a great evening and a great cause. It also felt pretty normal - as in pre-pandemic - aside from the obvious void left by dad’s absence.
Shepherd’s Men was founded in 2014 - around the same time as the Charlie Daniels Journey Home Project – by Travis Ellis and Troy Campbell, and the goals of both groups cross each other’s path.
Travis and Troy noticed the jump in veteran suicides in the aftermath of long deployments of post 9/11 vets from tours in Afghanistan and Iraq. PTSD was out of control, one out of five heroes returned home with Traumatic Brain Injury and suicides among our veterans hit 22 per day.
The Shepherd Center in Atlanta which specializes in spinal cord injuries and rehabilitation launched the SHARE Military Initiative in 2008 which has transformed countless lives of veterans.
The work of SHARE inspired Travis and Troy to launch Shepherd’s Men. One of their primary fundraisers has been the Shepherd’s Men Run where participants run 22 kilometers a day starting on May 22 while wearing 22 lb. flak jackets to bring awareness to the 22 lives lost to veteran suicide every day.
The 2019 run stretched from New York City to Atlanta through seven cities total.
As dad has said numerous times, we owe these heroes an unpayable debt of gratitude for their service to protect our nation and our way of life, and being able to help these brave men and women who are struggling, and the least we can do is try to bring that number of 22 as close to zero as possible.
Some of the stories told that night were heartbreaking, but there were also those in attendance who most likely would not have been there had it not been for Shepherd’s Men.
There were living success stories there, thank God.
Dad was absent from this event which was near and dear to his heart, but his presence was definitely felt, and Chris Young even played dad’s “Drinkin’ My Baby Goodbye” at the festivities for good measure.
Along with dad’s The Charlie Daniels Journey Home Project, Shepherd’s Men and SHARE are doing their best to help ensure that as many of our veterans as humanly possible don’t succumb to the thoughts of suicide which run rampant among them.
Please help them continue the fight.
“I learned at an early age that only two things protect America, the grace of Almighty God, and the United States Military.” – Charlie Daniels
Pray for our troops, our police, the peace of Jerusalem and our nation.
God Bless America!
— Charlie Daniels, Jr.
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