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Coming Together to Help Others

There are many great things that individuals and organizations do to reach out and help others. Recently I learned of one unique opportunity that is happening in our own backyard this upcoming Friday and Saturday where 100 people are expected to come together for an event called Build a Vet a Guitar. George Vondriska, with the Wild Earth School in rural Hudson, hatched the Build a Vet a Guitar event as part of the Guitars for Vets organization.

This is the second annual event where they anticipate completing 20 acoustic guitar kits in two days. These guitars will be donated to Guitars For Vets, which provides injured military veterans with guitars and music instruction. The power of music has been shown to be a powerful tool in healing and rehabilitating veterans who suffer the effects of war, especially the lingering symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Guitars For Vets is a nationwide organization that was started in 2007. They have 4 chapters in Wisconsin located in Green Bay, Tomah, Madison and Milwaukee. If you are interested in getting involved in this weekend’s event, you can contact George Vondriska at 715-749-9011. If you are unable to pitch in this weekend but would like to be involved in future Guitars For Vets events, visit

I am always touched and inspired when I learn of events like this one where communities and citizens come together for the benefit of others.