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MTSU names veterans' center for Charlie and Hazel Daniels

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Middle Tennessee State University has named a new support center for military veterans who are students there in honor of country music singer Charlie Daniels and his wife, Hazel.

MTSU President Sidney McPhee announced the honor during a dinner on campus at which the musician donated $70,000 for the center from the Journey Home Project, the charity he founded with his manager and three other people. That brought the total donated by the project to $120,000 for the center on the Murfreesboro campus.

The 2,600-square-foot center opened in November to offer student-veterans academic advising, financial aid guidance and counseling to veterans and their families. It has five full-time staffers, including a mental health counselor, and 17 part-time student-veterans who serve as peer advisers.