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Henry Honors Vets with Tribute Rifles & Donation to The Journey Home Project as Sponsor of Charlie Daniels 40th Anniversary Volunteer Jam[video_lightbox_vimeo5 video_id=”136644180″ width=”592″ height=”301″ anchor=”https://assets.henryusa.com/uploads/2015/08/Charlie-VideoThumb.jpg”]
On August 12th we were honored to recognize 4 war heroes on stage with Charlie Daniels during the 40th Anniversary of his Volunteer Jam at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, TN. Anthony Imperato, our company’s president, gifted the rifles to thank the veterans for their heroic contributions to our country. The presentation was made midway through The Charlie Daniels Band’s set, with Charlie standing by. Anthony also presented Charlie Daniels with a customized Henry Golden Boy rifle embellished with the Volunteer Jam logo and an inscription reading ‘Presented to Charlie Daniels- Thank you for your patriotism and all that you do for our veterans.’
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As lead sponsor our company donated $200,000 to The Journey Home Project, the non-profit organization co-founded by Charlie Daniels and his long-time manager David Corlew. TJHP connects donors with the veterans’ organizations that do the most good in meeting the health care, education and career needs of military servicemen and women and their families. The check reads $100,000 but Anthony was so moved during the concert he decided to make Charlie an offer he couldn’t refuse – he would double the amount if Charlie let him sing with him – which he graciously agreed to.
The sold-out crowd at the Bridgestone Arena was brought to a standing ovation when the Veterans were brought onstage. You can watch the presentation above.
The honorees were:
Jack ten Napel, a 95-year-old WW2 Veteran who served in the USMC. Mr. ten Napel survived the bombing of Pearl Harbor and went on to serve on every island in the Pacific. Out of his original outfit of about 400 men, he is one of eight who survived until the end of the war.
Scott Schroeder, a Bronze Star and Purple Heart recipient was recognized for serving in the U.S. Army for 26 years. During his final tour in Afghanistan in 2010 Mr. Schroeder lost both legs when his vehicle ran over a pressure plate and was blown up.
Sam Schoenheit, a USMC Staff Sergeant was honored for his bravery after being shot in the head during an ambush and later suffering a stroke. Mr. Schoenheit spent the last seven years accomplishing his goals of regaining his speech, ability to walk, expression, and a college degree.
Ryan Weaver, a Chief Warrant Officer 3 in the United States Army was recognized for his courage during his deployment in Iraq as a Black Hawk helicopter pilot and for his continued commitment to the military upon his return from combat by training the next generation of Army aviators and officers at Fort Rucker, Alabama.
Scott Brown, an Operation Iraqi Freedom Combat Veteran of the USMC who served with Chris Kyle and co-founded the Chris Kyle Memorial Benefit & Auction was presented with a Henry Military Service Tribute rifle on the Henry Rifles Stage in the outdoor plaza during the free show for concert-goers and bystanders.
Watch their stories…
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Anthony Imperato explains, “We at Henry Repeating Arms are forever indebted to those who have served our country. Although we can never repay these men and women for what they’ve done, these rifles and our donation are a small token of our gratitude”.
It was a really special moment and we thank Charlie Daniels for inviting us to be part of an amazing night. He is a true Patriot and Gentleman and his talent is awe-inspiring. The colossal concert featured a mega line-up of musicians including surprise guests Eric Church, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Jamey Johnson and Blackberry Smoke; and scheduled performances by Wynonna, Terri Clark, The Charlie Daniels Band, Ted Nugent, Trace Adkins, Alabama, Terri Clark, Billy Ray Cyrus, Colt Ford, The Grascals, Lee Greenwood, The Kentucky Headhunters, Tracy Lawrence, The Oak Ridge Boys, Ryan Weaver, Craig Morgan, Lee Roy Parnell, Billy Dean, Michael W. Smith, Travis Tritt, Phil Vassar, Montgomery Gentry and Blackberry Smoke.
Here are some of our favorite memories of the night:
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