Some very special guests received a standing ovation half way through The Charlie Daniels Band’s set during the 40th Anniversary Volunteer Jam and it wasn’t the surprise appearance of Lynyrd Skynard, but four war veterans being honored for their service.
War veterans Jack ten Napel, Sam Schoenheit, Ryan Weaver and Scott Schroeder were invited on stage to be presented with special edition Henry Military Service Tribute rifles. Anthony Imperato, President of Henry Repeating Arms presenting the rifles, said, “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 for us, these rifles and our donation are a small token of our gratitude.” Charlie Daniels annual Volunteer Jam raises money for his non-profit organization The Journey Home Project that helps military service members and their families connect with veterans’ organizations that help in health care, education and career needs. Henry Repeating Arms is the lead sponsor of the Jam and donated $200,000. Profits from tickets sales raised over $300,000 for The Journey Home Project and The Predators Foundation.
The lever-action Military Service Tribute rifle is chambered in .22 caliber, has ornate engravings on the receiver, 24-karat gold plating and a laser-etched walnut stock.
The presentation was made part by Henry’s Guns For Great Causes Program—a program that allows Henry Repeating Arms to give back to the community, as well as fight against the negative stereotype the media portrays of the firearms industry. The Guns For Great Causes Program not only gives rifles in tribute, but also donates money to various charities.
Those prior service members honored on August 12, 2015 were: Jack ten Napel, a 95-year old World War II USMC vet, Bronze Star and Purple Heart recipient Scott Schroeder who lost his legs after his vehicle was blown up by an IED in Afghanistan, Sam Schoenheith, Marine Corps vet who was shot in the head, and Ryan Weaver who served in the Army as a Black Hawk helicopter pilot.
Charlie Daniels was also presented with a custom Henry lever-action rifle that has the Volunteer Jam logo on it and a “Presented to Charlie Daniels-Thank you for your patriotism and all that you do for our veterans” inscription.