Helping PTSD sufferers with the healing power of music

Updated: Apr. 17, 2018 at 9:36 PM CDT
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DALLAS, TX (KCBD) - Thousands of veterans return home from combat with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

It's estimated that as many as 22 veterans commit suicide every day.

But what started with two people in Wisconsin a decade ago has grown to include 60 chapters nationwide. It's called Guitars For Vets, a non-profit organization that starts in each city with one musician willing to give lessons or conduct jamming sessions with veterans dealing with post traumatic stress.  The result, hundreds of stories about the healing power of music.

Peggy Ullom is a veteran who enjoys jamming with other veterans in the program.

She says, "Just random things people will say like, 'I haven't had a drink since I picked up a guitar.'  Wow. That changes lives."

Dave Mike, a guitar instructor in Nebraska, describes a story from one veteran's wife.

He says, "We talked to his wife and she said, 'I have to tell you, it's amazing. He's more communicative, more compassionate. He's slow to anger. The difference was incredible."

So far, Guitars For Vets has provided over 25,000 lessons and distributed over 2,500 guitars free to military veterans.

There is no chapter in Lubbock yet. The only one in Texas is in Dallas.

But if you'd like to learn more about this non-profit and what it has accomplished for veterans with the power of music, go to

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