Courtesy of Guitars For Vets · 2 min read
GARDNERVILLE, Nev. — “The first chapter of Guitars for Vets (G4V) in the state of Nevada is up and running, and it is based right here in our own Carson Valley,” announced chapter coordinator, Gary B. Swift. “After completing ten weeks of customized instruction, our first two students graduated and were awarded new guitars provided by the G4V organization.
“Thomas Derum was our very first student, and he was followed closely by Heather Warden.”
“We couldn’t have done it without our volunteer instructor, Tom Martel,” added Swift. “I was impressed with his ability to connect with our students and help them work toward their individual musical goals. Both students showed significant improvement in their skills, and best of all, they really enjoyed the experience.”
“Nurse Manager Christy Raynes at the Carson Valley Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC) was our liaison with the Veterans Administration (VA), and supported us with a nice place in the CBOC to hold lessons. It was fun to see Christy and her staff walking by the practice sessions and smiling. They enjoyed having a touch of guitar music – and even some singing – in the clinic.”
Guitars for Vets is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization founded in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 2007. There are currently more than 60 chapters in 30 states and more than 200 volunteers nationwide. 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.