Guitars 4 Vets

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  1. peskypesky

    peskypesky Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    That's a GREAT idea! I like it.

    I looked and there's NOthing close to me. Can't believe there's nothing in Nashville.

    Sounds like it's a fledgling org.

    I'd like to keep aware, be happy to give something at Nashville or Birmingham.

    How about Muscle Shoals baby!
     
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    Guitars for Vets has been helped and mentioned here before . good to see they are still doing good work
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    First off, thanks again for all the donations. It looks like we raised a little over $300 dollars for Guitars for Vets. I just did the drawing and the winner of the guitar is.................ElemenoP.
     
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    According to the chapter listings on the G4V website there is a Nashville chapter. Contact Patrick McGuire, [email protected].
     
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    I tried to help them.I really tried.If you buy a Dean guitar they'll donate one.Tried that.Even talked to the Dean VP.No body knew nothingNo help. Called around,no help.I finally just got a bass and an electric guitar and bought 2 Fender amps and went down to the Denver Vets hospital.No one helped me there either.Finally found the class,and all they had were classical guitars.They wanted me to give them the guitars,ect. and teach classes.Really unorganized.It's a shame.I wanted to donate more,but they need to get it together.Also,if you donate a guitar,it goes where they want it to go.Like whatever Place they need it,you can't say to send it to a specific place.
     
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    Looks like there is one near me.
    I have a few budget pedals that might be of use.
     
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    I attempted to volunteer and to donate twice, but never got a response locally. I ended up contacting the music teacher at a local high school about a suitable recipient and donated the guitar to him/her instead.
     
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    Why do people assume we vets can't buy our own guitars?
     
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    I was going to say something stupid about accepting direct donations but I figured it wouldn't be appreciated. I do have an ever so small amount of discretion.

    I do think that the point is that their are vets that haven't thought of music as an outlet or inlet and the program introduces them to options. I know that I have been tunnel visioned and don't perceive things that are not in my line of sight, so to speak.
     
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    I don't assume that you vets(who I admire and respect)can't buy your own guitars.I want to say thank you and try to help use music as a helpful tool to deal with whatever problems they have.Sorry that I touched a nerve with you.I'll donate elsewhere.
     
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    Missed it. Thanks!
     
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    I'll keep an eye out if a chapter opens closer to me. If I was retired I'd start one but no way currently.
     
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    I assumed it was needed since there’s an organization called Guitars For Vets asking for guitars.... for vets.
     
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    Well, I wrote to them to see if there's a San Antonio chapter that I could help. And if there isn't one, I'd try to start one. We have a big VA hospital here.

    No response.

    I guess they are as disorganized as a couple of people mentioned.

    Very unfortunate. The vets really could use this therapy.

    My brother is a psychiatrist and treats vets with PTSD and depression. I'm going to talk with him and see if we can get a grant to start our own organization if Guitar 4 Vets is truly incompetent.
     
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    My friend who owns the shipping place donates to this. There is a chapter in St. Louis. I've set up a bunch of guitars and donated strings for free to them (and some cash). Pretty cool indeed.
     
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    I just went on the site guitars4vets.org .It's been totally redone.Maybe they are getting their act together.Maybe I'll give it another try.But,teaching people how to play guitar by teaching classical music on a classical guitar is a little bit of a hard way to start.That's what they were doing in Denver.I gave electric guitars and amps,ect.But all of the instructors knew classical.
     
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    classical? that's dumb.

    i play classical, but they should be teaching rock, country, folk
     
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    I know.Some cowboys chords,power chords,and a few scales should start them off well with an electric guitar.I play classical too.It's not an easy way to start.
     
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    As some of you know, I'm retired, and run a part-time guitar repair business out of my home shop. One thing I like to do is keep an eye out for guitars I can get cheap or free (some are donated by customers) that I can get into good playing condition and give away to kids, and sometimes adults, that can't afford a guitar. I've given away quite a few over the past several years. I'd love to donate to the Guitars 4 Vets program. There is a local chapter, and I sent an email.... It will be interesting to see what happens.
     
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    I do the same thing.
     
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