Guitars For Vets - Richmond

by Guitars for Vets

Guitars for Vets' Mission is to Put the Healing Power of Music in the Hands of our Heroes. 

Guitars for Vets (G4V) is a federally registered 501(c)(3) not-for-profit founded in 2007 with headquarters in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. G4V currently operates 110+ chapters in over 40 states and has in excess of 500 volunteers. G4V is dedicated to sharing the healing power of music with Veterans suffering from significant combat-related mental and emotional stress, particularly Post Traumatic Stress (PTSD). G4V pursues its mission by providing 10 free guitar lessons, an acoustic guitar, needed accessories, and a method book in a structured program run by volunteers. G4V is primarily ran through the Veterans Administration (VA) facilities where Veterans enter the G4V program via referrals by their mental health provider. G4V provides weekly private lessons that are individualized and based on a curriculum designed to help students learn at their own pace and accommodate any physical and/or emotional challenges. Additionally, weekly group lessons are open to current and prospective students to provide an ongoing forum for Veterans to embark on their music-making journey. Upon completion of the program, we present each Veteran with a new acoustic guitar, gig bag, strap, tuner, strings, picks, capo, and a stand. To date, G4V has given over 43,000 lessons and distributed over 4,300 new guitars to veterans.

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