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Thousands of our war Veterans are afflicted with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). In fact, more soldiers have committed suicide since the Vietnam War than have died in actual battle. But many are finding hope in an unlikely place: behind the wood and strings of an acoustic guitar. The healing power of music helps soldiers cope. That’s why we provide veterans with guitars and a forum to learn how to play. But we can’t do it without your help. Help those who fought in our honor rediscover their joy with the power of music.

Alan Harrison
E6 Boatswains Mate 1st Class
United States Navy
1973-1994

In 2007, Patrick Nettesheim, a Milwaukee guitar instructor was introduced to Vietnam-era Marine, Dan Van Buskirk. For years Dan wanted to learn to play guitar but felt the lasting effects of combat, in the form of post-traumatic-stress-disorder (PTSD), would make it difficult for him to succeed. After only a few months of working with Patrick, Dan discovered that the strong spirit that helped him throughout his time in Vietnam was all he needed to play music. Together, the men realized that guitar lessons were both opportunities for self-expression and positive human interaction. Dan and Patrick shared what they learned with Veterans at The Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center and Guitars for Vets was born.

Guitars for Vets is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization founded in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 2007. We currently operate more than 40 chapters in 20 states with the assistance of over 150 volunteers nationwide. Over the past seven years, our organization has refined a guitar instruction program aimed at providing Veterans struggling with physical injuries, 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 Veterans Administration (VA) 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.

To date, G4V has administered over 20,000 guitar lessons and distributed over 2,000 guitars to Veterans. Over the years, we have observed the many ways that our program is enhancing the lives of warriors suffering with mental, physical and emotional distress. We are very excited to now have clinical trial data supporting our belief in the power of our program. Outcomes from our recently completed pilot study showed remarkable improvements in PTSD symptoms. A copy of the study results can be viewed here: Guitars for Vets: Evaluating psychological outcome of a novel music therapy.

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Arizona

Phoenix,AZ
ANTHONY TADDEI
g4vphoenix@yahoo.com


CALIFORNIA

La Jolla,CA
PETER BALLANTYNE
pballantyne@caldiegopva.org

Loma Linda,CA
DARNELL FALL
G4V.LLVAMC@gmail.com

Long Beach,CA
LUZ MACHADO
luz.machado@va.gov

Oceanside,CA
PETER MARTIN
pmartin@interfaithservices.org

San Diego VVSD,CA
BILL PROTZMANN
bill@guitarsforvets.org

San Francisco,CA
DAVID PEDERSEN
david.g4vsf@gmail.com

Santa Rosa,CA
CHRISTIANE SWARTZ
G4Vsantarosa@gmail.com

Livermore,CA
MICHAEL PAUL
g4vlivermore@comcast.net


Washington DC

JOSEPH SIMONS
guitarsforvets.dc@gmail.com


FLORIDA

Miami, FL
ELIZABETH TORRES
elizabeth.torres2@va.gov

Pensacola, FL
DAVID DOYLE
g4vpensacola@gmail.com

GEORGIA

Atlanta, GA
CLIFF MEINHARDT
cliffm46@gmail.com


ILLINOIS

Chicago,IL
BERNIE KAMPF
bernie@guitarsforvets.org

Chicago
(Jesse Brown VA Medical Center)
JOE GOODKIN
joegoodkin@gmail.com

Rockford,IL
TRISH ROONEY
tearooney@charter.net


INDIANA

Marion,IN
JEFFREY MATTHEWS
g4vmarionin2@gmail.com


Maine

Springvale,ME
KELLY ROY
G4VSouthernME@outlook.com


MASSACHUSETTS

Brockton,MA
EUGENE STEIN
efstein@hotmail.com


MARYLAND

Perry Point,MD
BOB HEVNER
hevnerrv@gmail.com

MICHIGAN

Grand Rapids,MI
JAMES PRICE
pricejw@sbcglobal.net

Saginaw,MI
FRANK CHURCH
Frank.Church@va.gov


MINNESOTA

Minneapolis,MN
THOMAS YETZER
OR
BENARD BEAMON
Thomas.Yetzer@va.gov

New Brighton,MN
JOSH ARMAGOST
joshua.armagost@va.gov


NEW JERSEY

Lakewood, NJ
BILL BROWN
G4Vnewjersey@gmail.com


NEW YORK

Long Island,NY
BILL NICKEY
linyguitars4vets@gmail.com


NORTH CAROLINA

Asheville,NC
DAVID LEGLER
g4vasheville@gmail.com

Charlotte/Rock Hill,NC
GARY WALBRUN
G4VCarolina@comporium.net

OHIO

Cincinnati,OH
RICHARD HUTCHINSON
g4vcincinnati@hotmail.com

Cleveland,OH
MICHAEL GREGA
G4VCleveland@gmail.com


OREGON

Burns,OR
STEPHEN BULL
stephen.bull@va.gov


PENNSYLVANIA

Coatesville,PA
BILL HAGAR
billhagar1@gmail.com


SOUTH CAROLINA

North Charleston,SC
GARY HARVEY
gharvey1250@gmail.com

Charleston,SC
GARY HARVEY
gharvey1250@gmail.com


TEXAS

Bonham,TX
VALERIE CASON-BOND
Valerie.Cason-Bond@va.gov

El Paso,TX
KENNETH SKAGGS
kenneth.skaggs@va.gov

Dallas,TX
ROB HERRINGTON
rob.guitar@verizon.net


TENNESSEE

Nashville,TN
NOAH JIMENEZ
noahjimenez28@gmail.com

VIRGINIA

Hampton,VA
STEPHEN FROEBER
g4v.hampton@gmail.com

Salem,VA
DAVE BOWEN
acousticreset@gmail.com

Richmond,VA
PEG ANDRAE
g4v_virginia@comcast.net


WISCONSIN

Green Bay,WI
ERIN MENDOZA
G4Vgreenbay@gmail.com

Madison,WI
JULIE MURRAY
juliepowers2014@gmail.com

Milwaukee (UWM),WI
BEVERLY BELFER
brb3@uwm.edu

Milwaukee,WI
TOM KNUTH
littletommygk@aol.com


WEST VIRGINIA

Huntington,WV
MELISSA STILWELL
melissa.stilwell@va.gov

Our Sponsors

All G4V lessons and guitars are provided to the Veterans free of charge. Demand for the G4V program continues to rise and though virtually all resources go directly into programming and guitars, we sadly cannot help every qualified applicant because funding is limited. Together, we can bring more lessons and guitars to our Vets with donations of money, guitars and related gear. By donating $200 you can send one Veteran through the G4V program and enable us to continue sharing the healing power of music with deserving heroes across the country. You can donate through our PayPal site.

If you prefer, you may send a check payable to: Guitars for Vets, PO Box 617 Milwaukee, WI, 53201 or contact us at 1-855-G4V-HERO/ 1-855-448-4376 for more information. Guitars for Vets is incorporated as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization and your gifts are tax deductible.

On behalf of all of us at Guitars for Vets we thank you for making such a positive difference in the lives of many!