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Many years ago, I was a patient in an Army hospital for almost a year. One thing that really helped me was that after I was walking again, I could go to play an old guitar that had been part of that hospital since WWII.

I found this organization, Guitars For Vets by accident and I have donated 7 guitars to them and have 2 more in the works being repaired. But this is not about me, it's about them.

Guitars 4 Vets donates guitars and lessons to military people who are in therapy recovering from wounds, physical or otherwise. They NEED donations of guitars-electric or acoustic, but usable guitars...and they also need cash donations. I know this is hard times as well as a time of politicians with their hands out, but these young people deserve what we can do...they get little enough from the government that sent them to war...

http://guitars4vets.org/

Please look at the site and see if there is anything at all you can do.

Thank you very much.

mark

Originally posted to old mark on Sat Oct 06, 2012 at 01:17 AM PDT.

Also republished by Nashville KosKats, DKOMA, DKos Military Veterans, and Military Community Members of Daily Kos.

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  •  Thank you for the link (8+ / 0-)

    and the information about this organization.

    I am from the Elizabeth Warren and Darcy Burner wing of the Democratic Party

    by LeftHandedMan on Sat Oct 06, 2012 at 01:31:53 AM PDT

  •  Now that Guitar Centers seem to be going bust, (1+ / 0-)
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    hazey

    perhaps they could be encouraged to donate.  They were bought up by Bain in 2007 and are liquidating now.  Surprise, surprise.  But it would be great if the vets could benefit from this loss.  Hate to see it.  The GC down the road from us is a great place with a friendly and knowledgeable staff.  Repairs were prompt and reasonable.

    Romney went to France instead of serving in our military, got rich chop-shopping US businesses and eliminating US jobs, off-shored his money in the Cayman Islands, and now tells us to "Believe in America."

    by judyms9 on Sat Oct 06, 2012 at 04:04:04 AM PDT

    •  We just got a flyer for a new Guitar Center (0+ / 0-)

      opening up in our area. My daughter was very excited but I explained that Bain had a hold of them and we can't expect it to last very long.

      It did surprise me to see a new store opening, though. Is it usual for companies being liquidated to continue expanding?

      •  they're not being liquidated (3+ / 0-)
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        CwV, parsonsbeach, VClib

        they're not in bankruptcy, being liquidated, etc.  a diarist here posted a much read diary in which opined that they would enter bankruptcy soon, which is provably what you're mixing up.

        •  Yeah, I was just at our local Guitar Center (1+ / 0-)
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          and they were in no way liquidating.
          They don't seem to be short staff either (employees are among the first cuts).

          •  RE GC...Well, I'm glad some have had good (0+ / 0-)

            experiences with them.

            I bought 3 used guitars from them online, and returned 2 of them immediately...I kept the other one because I knew it would need some work, but it is a relatively rare old guitar and I wanted it.

            I bought 2 guitars from 2 different GC's after long conversations with the store managers AND the guitar techs...both assured me the guitars were in very good playing condition. Neither was. One had a pulled up top behind the bridge and the other had the same, and a broken truss rod...neither was playable at least IMO-the strings were very high off the fretboard up the neck and it was obvious what the problems were...

            I sent them both back, got refunds and won't shop GC again.

            mark

            Retired AFSCME Steward and union thug-licensed gun carrying progressive veteran.

            by old mark on Sat Oct 06, 2012 at 07:14:26 AM PDT

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            •  I'm not a big fan of GC (1+ / 0-)
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              VClib

              they, like every other big box, put the local guys out of business. Not that I like paying more for stuff, but I do like supporting local folk.
              I would have a real hard time buying a guit on line (actually, I don't do any business on line because I don't believe in publishing my debit card on an unsecured network, but that's another story). I gotta pick it up and fondle it.
              As for that bulge below the bridge, I've had good luck with bracing underneath and regluing. I've seen people use metal braces, I was happy with a 3"X6"X1/4" piece of ash, but I had to leave the box unstrung for 6 months and in a clamp for a couple weeks for the top to flatten out.
              So that, to me, is not a fatal flaw (the broken truss rod IS), it just means that the price has to be right and it will take time before it's a playa.

              •  I am doing exactly that fix to an old 12 string... (0+ / 0-)

                The point is that I specifically told the store managers I did NOT want anything I had to repair before I could play it...In all 3 cases-3 different stores and managers-I was told the guitars were just fine, and in all 3 cases they were not at all playable.

                mark

                Retired AFSCME Steward and union thug-licensed gun carrying progressive veteran.

                by old mark on Mon Oct 08, 2012 at 04:04:51 AM PDT

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  •  Good idea. Thanks for post. (1+ / 0-)
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  •  Thanks for the info (5+ / 0-)
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    BitterEnvy, Marihilda, hazey, old mark, lexalou

    Glad I caught this diary before it scrolled off into oblivion!

    As a matter of ritual, I give away a guitar for every new one I get.  The next one is going to guitars4vets.org  She's got a couple battle scars but her voice is sweet and true.

    Thanks.

  •  I can probably scrape up a couple old guitars (5+ / 0-)
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    hazey, old mark, lexalou, tampaedski, RosyFinch

    I've been collecting them for ever (I haunt tag sales and pawn shops), am an amateur luthier and have quite a few that are "parts" guitars that could be made playable. Now that I know there's a good use for them, I have a reason to clean up a bit, huh?
    Thanks mark, this is a good thing.
    Funny part is, I'm a bassist, what do I need two high strings for?

    •  Me, too-I went wrong and started to play (0+ / 0-)

      6 strings...even 12 now!

      Thanks...there are not many better things to do with an old guitar.

      mark

      Retired AFSCME Steward and union thug-licensed gun carrying progressive veteran.

      by old mark on Sat Oct 06, 2012 at 07:19:54 AM PDT

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  •  thanks for the post (3+ / 0-)
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    hazey, old mark, lexalou

    I've got an axe or two I can part with.

    I'll also pass this along to some musician friends of mine, one of whom runs a "guitar camp". Perhaps he can scare up a few git-boxes.

    "It's never too late to have a happy childhood." - Tom Robbins - Political Compass sez: -8.25, -7.90

    by ARS on Sat Oct 06, 2012 at 06:58:51 AM PDT

    •  The local guy for G4V sent me a pic (2+ / 0-)
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      lexalou, RosyFinch

      of a 20 something guy in a wheelchair who had lost both legs above the knees. He was playing one of my old Peavey electric guitars and smiling.

      Can't tell you how much that affected me.

       I think I will be doing this till there is no more need for it.

      Thanks for any help - they can use it.

      mark

      Retired AFSCME Steward and union thug-licensed gun carrying progressive veteran.

      by old mark on Sat Oct 06, 2012 at 07:22:45 AM PDT

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  •  This is so cool! (2+ / 0-)
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    RosyFinch, old mark

    Thank you for bringing this to our attention. I looked up the website and found a local chapter. I've got a couple of guitars on hand, and the potential to get quite a few more. I'm going to email my local chapter contact and see what I can do.

    What a great idea. People are often amazing, this is one of those examples. Music does heal, and being able to create music can be so uplifting.

    Don't "boo". Vote! President Obama, to the voters at his rallies

    by lexalou on Sat Oct 06, 2012 at 08:24:36 AM PDT

  •  Thank you! We are musicians and can help (2+ / 0-)
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    cany, old mark

    We just didn't know that our services were needed. Thank you so much for bringing this to our attention.

    "Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Matthew 5:11

    by parsonsbeach on Sat Oct 06, 2012 at 10:32:35 AM PDT

  •  Thanks-I have one more thing to ask... (0+ / 0-)

    PLEASE copy that link and pass it along to anyone you might think will donate something...even a few dollars, or some time to give lessons or just spend some time with people.

    I was very fortunate that after a year i an Army hospital, I emerged with all my parts intact...a lot of people I knew then did not.

    Thank you all...please keep this going.

    mark

    Retired AFSCME Steward and union thug-licensed gun carrying progressive veteran.

    by old mark on Sat Oct 06, 2012 at 01:43:40 PM PDT

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