Sundays at Two will feature ‘Guitars for Vets’

Sundays at Two will continue at 2 p.m. February 19 at the Lancaster Community Library, 16 Town Center Drive, Kilmarnock. Peg Andrae will present “Guitars for Vets.”

Soldiers in combat endure sniper attacks, rocket-propelled grenades and roadside bombs. Many who return from combat deal with their emotional and mental distress through “Guitars for Vets,” reported committee member Elaine Weekley. The guitar saves their life.

Guitars for Vets is dedicated to sharing the healing power of music with veterans suffering from significant combat-related mental and emotional stress, particularly post traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury and physical limitations, said Weekley.

As Kahlil Gibran says: “Music is the language of the spirit. It opens the secret of life bringing peace, abolishing strife.”

Andrae, Guitars for Vets Richmond chapter coordinator, said these words are certainly true, as exemplified by one of their students, Barbara Ferrer. After completing the program, she continued to attend the group lessons, both improving her playing and singing skills. Ferrer is now moving to Atlanta to follow her dream—enrolling in the Atlanta School of Music.

Founded in 2007, Guitars for Vets is headquartered in Milwaukee, Wis. and has more than 60 chapters in over 30 states. The organization pursues its mission by providing a structured program run by volunteers.

Andrae will share details about the curriculum, methodology and other aspects of the program. A participating veteran, two instructors and a committed musician supporter will accompany her and share their music.

Time for chatting with the guests and refreshments will follow the program.