“I am so honored to be involved with G4V… the guitar is a friend to us always – ready whenever we are, never impatient, never asking too much. Pick one up and the relationship will be there forever. Together, we can help so many vets get the joy back in their lives through the power of music.”
“I’m honored to bring awareness of G4V to our growing community of 150,000+ acoustic guitar geeks who share the same values as G4V: It’s not about mastering the instrument, it’s about the healing power of music & human connection, constant progress and fun. We’re excited to support G4V through the Acoustic Life Festival, monthly donations via acousticlife.tv and direct monetary and guitar donations from individuals in our community.”
“I’m happy to support this organization as a show of gratitude for those who have served, but also because I believe in the healing power of music. It is a theory of mine that if we can express through song the burdens that we carry, those same burdens might just transform into wisdom and strength over time.”
“There is no doubt that music has healing power. Guitars 4 Vets far reaching effort is having outstanding impact across the Country…I am stoked to turn people on to it and bring new awareness the program.”
I support Guitars for Vets because this is a personal journey in my life and playing guitar was the only aspect of my life that got me through the most difficult struggles of deployment and coming home. I brought my guitar on both tours in Iraq and hanging out in the smoke pit after missions was our little slice of home. Guys would ask me to learn songs that reminded them of home and we would just get lost in music a little bit each night.
My heart swells knowing that through Guitars For Vets, I get to pass on the healing power of music to these amazing men and women. People who have lost so much in order for us to live out our dreams every day. This is more than giving away an instrument, it is giving an outlet for peace and light in the darkness.
I support our vets and am honored to help bring them a unique healing experience through music.
It’s an honor and a privilege to represent the veterans of our great country.
“Most people in our country rarely leave their comfort zone. They enjoy freedom with little to no adversary to hinder daily life. That freedom was not given, it was earned—and must be maintained. The brave men and women of our military pick up the bill for our safety – physically, mentally, and emotionally. If music can provide some semblance of peace, distraction, or even somehow honor these great people for their sacrifice…it’s the least I can do. Words cannot describe how lucky I feel to be working with Guitars For Vets.”
“Having had a number of close friends return from combat with both physical and emotional scars, I have witnessed the impact from war firsthand and if I can put a smile on their faces even for a minute, it’s all more than worth it. Music is magic.”
“I am proud to be working with G4V. Anything we can do to show our appreciation to these warriors, we have to do it – without their sacrifice, we’d all be singing a different tune. I’ve worked with a number of Veteran’s charities, so when I heard about G4V, I immediately reached out – thanks for letting me participate. Our Veterans rock!”
“I think it’s super important and it’s amazing. It basically shows the power of music and its healing powers and how it can bring things together that can help people in different situations. Music turned into something so huge, it’s a part of people’s lives, it helps people’s lives, it betters people’s lives and for me to be doing something creatively to even be asked to be a part of something that can help people, I’m happy for that. It means a lot to me. I was asked to do it – that’s just crazy on my part! Because my music from young to now, it’s going to be put to help somebody in a situation, help Vets, that’s huge right there. It’s hard to put it into words, so I’m just ecstatic about it.”
“Regardless of what one thinks of the politics of these wars, these men and women often come back scarred physically and emotionally. I’m more than happy to represent and be part of an organization that tries to help these people rebuild their lives.”
“I’m happy to be an Artist Ambassador for Guitars for Vets. The very first rock ‘n’ roll record that I really heard was “Blue Suede Shoes.” I was 11 years old and that’s right out of Memphis. That was the record that actually started me playing the guitar. I went right out when I heard that record and got my brother’s guitar out and started to teach myself to play.”
“After a traumatic experience as a young man, my mother brought my guitar to the hospital which helped me greatly in my recovery. Guitars4vets is a wonderful way of taking veterans minds off the situations they have had to cope with both mentally and physically. I feel that the magic of music is one of the greatest forms of therapy. Guitars4vets is an organization that everyone should support.”
“Music heals. I’m thrilled to work with Guitars for Vets to bring the joy of making music to men and women around the country. What a wonderful way to harness the power of music and community, and to help ease the suffering of our brothers and sisters.”
“As a Veteran and a professional musician who has suffered from PTSD, I am honored to be an Ambassador for Guitars for Vets. Music is a special gift and G4V is a great way to share this gift with the men and women who deserve to experience the joys, benefits and up close friendship of the guitar.”
“As a veteran of the United States Marine Corps, I had always hoped for the opportunity to bring music and my prior service together, G4V has done that. Veterans can at times deal with a number of issues; music can serve as a transitional tool helping many to segway back into society and in some cases can open up many doors of creativity. I am proud to be a part of an organization whose sole purpose is to help those who served so they can continue to serve others.”
“I think it’s great, especially after I learned more about it when I was initially approached. I didn’t really understand what it was and then I got educated on it and found out even therapeutically what it means for these guys, even just to pick up a guitar and learn how to even play a chord and what it could mean for their psyche.
It’s something I totally believe in because I truly believe music, as cheesy as it sounds, it is really a common bond through everyone on this planet, every culture, everywhere on this planet. Everybody has music. Something that comes from their culture, whatever it may be, but I think music is something that is generally, universally loved on this planet and brings joy to most people. So, if there’s any way I could help bring happiness and certainly help Veterans with guitars, it’s obviously a no brainer.”
“First of all, I don’t feel worthy. But, it’s very humbling. Music heals me all the time. Being able to to take any negative experience that I’ve had and then writing about it, whether I’m writing a song about it, writing lyrics about it; it gets it out of me. It makes me feel better. It helps me cope and one of the amazing things that I get back is when people send me messages and tell me that something I’ve written or performed is helping them cope. That is the best feeling ever.”
“My hats off for you doing that [Guitars For Vets] because that’s a good thing you’re doing. Music changes lives. I could be having the worst day of my life, doing something I really don’t want to be doing right now and as soon as I put on one of my favorite tracks, get on YouTube, maybe look up an old, live Judas Priest 1981 show playing Desert Plains, I’m reminded, how cool music is and how much it means to me.”
“My time as an instructor for the Guitars for Vets chapter at Jesse Brown VA in Chicago confirmed for me that G4V is building communities in which veterans of all ages and backgrounds can connect through the power of music and share their experiences and stories. I’m beyond proud to continue my involvement in the ambassador capacity and work to bring G4V to as many facilities and individuals as possible.”