“THERE IS CLEAR EVIDENCE THAT PLAYING THE GUITAR HELPS THE HEALING PROCESS FOR VETERANS STRUGGLING WITH PHYSICAL INJURIES, PTSD AND OTHER EMOTIONAL DISTRESS.”
Veterans shouldn’t have to face the challenges of PTSD in silence or alone. Through the teamwork and camaraderie of Guitars for Vets, they can join a community where they learn to play guitar and find solace in the songs they love as well as the songs they have yet to write.
Far too many of our Military Veterans are afflicted with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). But many are finding hope in an unlikely place: behind the wood and strings of an acoustic guitar. The healing power of music therapy helps soldiers cope. That’s why we provide Veterans with guitars and a forum to learn how to play. We can help those who served rediscover their joy through the power of music.
Music helps decrease anxiety, increase self-esteem, and reduce episodes of panic attacks, nightmares and flashbacks. A research study in the USA of Guitars 4 Vets students showed a 21% improvement in PTSD symptoms and a 27% decrease in related depression symptoms. The study attributed learning and playing guitar as the primary catalysts for these improvements—and we want to ensure as many vets as possible have that opportunity.
More simply, playing a guitar can help veterans safely connect with their surroundings and other people.
This programme will give the beneficiary an acoustic practice guitar free for the duration of the programme. We will give them twenty-four free professional lessons in a group of fellow veterans. Once they complete the programme, we give them the acoustic guitar to take away and continue their musical journey. The aid to their mental wellbeing is with them, in the corner of the room, ready to ease their mind as and when they need it, not tomorrow or on the end of a telephone.