Guitars For Veterans: Another Great Tool in the Battle Against PTSD

  • More than half of the 2.6 million veterans from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars have PTSD.
  • 22 veterans a day commit suicide.
  • G4V pursues its mission to share the healing power of music.

Music is not only enjoyable, but can be extremely therapeutic as well.   Thousands of war Veterans suffer with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). In fact, more soldiers have committed suicide since the Vietnam War than have died in actual battle.

More than half of the 2.6 million veterans from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars struggle with both physical and mental challenges as a result of their service. Unfortunately, 22 veterans commit suicide everyday, but many are finding hope in the wood and strings of an acoustic guitar. The healing power of music helps soldiers cope.

The nonprofit organization Guitars for Veterans (G4V) has refined a guitar instruction program aimed at providing veterans struggling with physical injuries, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other emotional distress a unique supportive program.

G4V pursues its mission to share the healing power of music by providing free guitar instruction, a new acoustic guitar and a guitar accessory kit in a structured program run by volunteers, primarily through the Department of Veterans Affairs facilities and community-based medical centers.

The weekly guitar lessons provided by our volunteers are individualized and designed to help students learn at their own pace. Monthly group sessions are organized at each chapter to provide Veterans a communal atmosphere to talk and continue to play music with peers who have shared similar experiences. In G4V group sessions, the connection created between individuals who are both warriors and guitar players serves as a catalyst for positive human interaction.

Veterans who regularly attend group sessions build confidence to further pursue creative self-expression and engagement within their communities. Some G4V graduates and group session attendees even go on to perform at local fundraisers and teach guitar lessons in their local G4V chapter.

I know, I’m one of them!

GV4 has provided more than 20,000 lessons and 2,000 guitars to veterans. Guitars for Vets is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization founded in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Want more information? Contact your local Veteran Administration Medical Center or visit their website.

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Dana Matthews

Dr Dana Matthews is a Lieutenant Colonel, US Army Ranger (Retired). He holds a BA in Journalism, an MBA/JD Law Degree, and a Doctorate in Organizational Psychology.

He is a Member of the National Press Club in Washington DC and has appeared on TV and Radio.

He was awarded the Military Order of the Purple Heart for Combat Wounded Veterans.

Dr Dana Matthews is a well published Journalist and writer with articles appearing in the Scripps Newspaper/ TCPALM.COM

He also co authored and published a novel entitled " El Segundo- One Man's Journey for Redemption". 


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