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2020 was a tough year for families, businesses and community and charitable organizations like Guitars 4 Vets.  Who we help and support are organizations that reach Washington county residents.

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Regner Rocks to Be Official Guitar Drop-Off Location on Thursday, June 17

Because we believe that music heals and brings people together, we are very proud to present “An Evening with Guitars 4 Vets” as part of the inaugural Regner Rocks series.  

Guitars for Vets co-founder Patrick Nettesheim and Kharma Shotgun, the “unofficial” band of Guitars 4 Vets, will rock the Silver Lining Pavilion at Regner Park on Thursday, June 17.  

Regner Rocks is an official guitar drop-off location for Guitars 4 Vets.  We ask residents of Washington county and the surrounding area to bring a guitar (or two, or three or more) to donate to graduates of the Guitars 4 Vets program. 

About Guitars 4 Vets

G4V was founded in 2007 by guitar instructor, Patrick Nettesheim and his student,  Vietnam era Marine, Dan Van Buskirk. The men realized that the guitar and lessons were a catalyst for positive human  interaction and joy where it had once been lost. 

Guitars and lessons are provided at no cost to US Military Veterans who are referred by  their doctor or case/social worker at The Department of Veterans Affairs facilities. 

Ten private lessons are taught using practice guitars donated by the local community. Upon completion, the Vet/student is awarded a new acoustic guitar and accessories. The Veterans continue this journey as long as they desire with ongoing group lessons. Playing guitar brings joy and opens up “windows of serenity” – it is meditation in motion.

Though not a cure or treatment (we are not therapists) for PTSD and other injuries, the  G4V program offers a positive, rewarding step on the Veterans’ journey toward peace  and happiness. It can inspire those in despair to keep on living and seek further help. 

G4V is implemented by hundreds of volunteers at more than 110 Chapters and 40 States Nationwide. 

Our 500+ volunteers have gifted more than 5,000 guitars and 50,000 lessons to service  men and women who suffer from trauma related to their military experience.  

It costs only $200.00 to enroll a Veteran in the G4V program (This pays for the graduate  guitar and accessories). 

Guitars for Vets is supported by donations of instruments and funds. 

“I ask all of you who feel that you have benefitted from the sacrifices of our brothers  and sisters in the Armed Forces to join our mission.” 

Guitars for Vets is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization and your donations may be tax  deductible.

Presenting Sponsor

Thank you to West Bend Mutual Insurance Company for their generous support of Regner Rocks presents an Evening with Guitars 4 Vets.

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