Sunday, September 30, 2007
Guitars For Vets
Steve Benford has an update for everyone on his Guitars For Vets program. Here's what he has to say.
I wanted to give you guys an update on the Guitars For Vets program I told you about a million years ago.
The non-profit filing has turned into a royal (and expensive) pain. Without boring you with the details, one mis-step can cause HUGE problems.
Heres where we are at right now. A local store donated a guitar to us which we auctioned off at an event. We raised enough money from that to purchase 3 acoustic guitars.
All three guitars got donated to some VETS at our local VA. All had spinal injuries and have limited movement. 1 had played in the past and was very excited to get back into it. The other 2 have loved music and had the desire to play and instrument all their lives. We were able to bring a little relief to the crap situation they are in.
Patrick Nettesheim and I played for the VETS at a function at Miller Park. The Milwaukee Brewers stadium for those of you who dont know. No, we didnt play inside the park. That would have been cool though. Anyway, we bashed on the acoustics for 45 minutes and had alot of fun meeting people. One of the VETS we donated a guitar was there. He wheeled his wheelchair up to within 2 feet of us and just absorbed what we were doing. He smiled. A simple thing, but thats the first time we saw that from him. That was one of the best days of my life.
Currently im am building 2 guitars which will be auctioned off for the program. The first is a Army Airborne tribute guitar. Its a hand carved eagle in the front of the body. Airborne 12th fret inlays, and the Army seal/logo on the headstock. Last but not least is some KILLER pickups donated by Searcy. The are closed cover Bolero and Obsession humbuckers. The have Airborne jumpwings on the face of the pickups. He made a trip to Fort Campbell, home of the 101st and got the jumpwings. An amazing addition to the axe. The guitar is about 85% done. In progress pics can be seen at my website. www.benfordguitars.com
The second is a standard strat that will have a camo paintjob. Not sure about the pickups yet. I loved the jumpwings so I may be having another chat with Searcy.
Now! We have G4V t-shirts in stock. The logo was done by my father and just looks great.
They can be purchased at www.guitarsforvets.org They only $15 including shipping (in the US) and every penny will go toward the program.
For those listeners overseas who are interested in one, contact me and we'll see what we can work out!
I also have a cool 75MM artillery shell lamp I made which is for sale on the G4V website. Its SUPER cool.
A lot of you contacted me and wanted to donate a stand or stuff you had laying around! That is MUCH appreciated. At this point I like you to hang onto your stuff. We are still feeling our way through what we need. If you really want to help, buy a shirt. The $15 will go ALONG way.
Patrick, myself and a couple other musicians are going to Vegas in early Nov to play for a Marine Recon reunion. We are looking forward to meeting these Namm era VETS. Should be a blast!
More to come. If I dont update you, email me and bug me about it! Between teaching, building, playing out and G4V I need another 5 to 6 hours in the day!
Thanks for the support!
Taking care of our fighting men and women returning from war is a cause that is very important to me. If it's important to you too won't you stop by Steves web site and help out? Thanks.