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Salem VA Medical Center


Guitars for Vets

Eight Veterans with their new guitars

Eight Veterans show off their new guitars; and are joined by their instructor, volunteers, and Salem VAMC staff.

By Marian McConnell
Tuesday, May 1, 2012

The Salem VA Chapter of the national Guitar For Vets (G4V) organization graduated its first class of students:  John H. Stickley, Jr., John P. Wadle, Guy Reed, Gary W. Lowe, Earnest E. Jones, Shenandoah Clay, Americo Amicucci, Jr., and Edward Pasley on April 30, 2012.   The students participated in 10 weekly guitar lessons, free of charge, beginning February 27, 2012.  With their successful completion of the program, each student received a free guitar and an accessories kit from G4V.  The primary instructor was David Bowen (USA, Ret.) with associate instructors: Bobby Wheeler, John Stickley, Jenny Moyer, MT-Intern, and Tatyana Martin, MT-Intern.

Guitars For Vets is a 501c(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to enhance the lives of injured and ailing veterans through the healing power of music. The purpose is to promote positive social interaction, provide an avenue for self-expression, build focus and confidence, and create bonds of fellowship with other like-minded veterans.

Veterans who are interested in enrolling complete a G4V Student Application. The application contains a section for referral by a care professional. Care provider referral is mandatory.  If interested, please contact Lisbeth Woodward, Music Therapist, at 540-982-2463 ext. 2781. Currently, there is a waiting list.  The next class will begin this September. 
You can learn more about Guitars For Vets by visiting or find various G4V Chapters by searching Facebook.



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