Butler VA Health Care System
Guitars for Vets Graduate
Thursday, May 16, 2019U.S. Air Force Veteran John Warsing is a resident at the Butler VA’s Sergeant Joseph George Kusick Community Living Center (CLC), and the most recent graduate of the Guitars for Vets program.
John came to the Butler VA’s CLC this past fall (2018) and learned about the local Butler chapter of Guitars for Vets hosted at the Abie Abraham VA Clinic soon after.
“I’ve always wanted to play the guitar, I just never had the opportunity, or never got around to it…until I came to the VA and learned about this program,” John shared.
Guitars for Vets (G4V) is 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 the Department of Veterans Affairs facilities and community-based medical centers.
“I really enjoyed the program. I don’t play like Jimmy Hendrix, but I learned a lot of the basics about playing a guitar. It got me started to where, as long as I practice, I should be able to continue playing…which is what I want to do.”
The weekly guitar lessons (10 weeks total) provided by volunteers are individualized and designed to help students learn at their own pace.
“I enjoyed the whole experience of the program. The instructor was super. He really worked with you and it made the experience that much better!” said John.
John absolutely recommends this program to other Veterans. He didn’t have any experience prior to starting to the program but hopes to continue with lessons and playing.
To date, G4V has administered over 30,000 guitar lessons and distributed over 3,000 guitars to Veterans. Interested in learning more? Visit www.guitarsforvets.org, talk to your health care provider at the Butler VA, or call the Butler VA’s Patient-Centered Care Coordinator at (878) 271-6484.