Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Guitars for Vets ( update 4 ... learning to fly)

Steve Benford of Benford Guitars has just announced that the Screaming Eagle guitar is done. Don't those Searcy Custom Pickups look cool? I think Steve's decision to go with the subdued look was the right call. I also got this letter from Guitars For Vets

Help Honor Our Heroes With The Gift Of Music

Guitars for Vets (http://www.guitarsforvets.org/) is an organization dedicated to providing disabled veterans with the gift of music in the form of free guitars and live musical performances.

Based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin the idea is the brainchild of former US Marine Dan VanBuskirk, guitarist Patrick Nettesheim and guitar student turned bandmate/luthier Steve Benford. Together they have played multiple shows at the local VA hospital and have so far given away two guitars. Their goal is to see this idea through to a full-fledged nonprofit organization capable of providing guitars and instruction to veterans. This humble gesture is intended to provide some sense of normalcy and peace to those whose lives are changed forever for their sacrifice.

Nettesheim and Benford are currently raising funds to apply for nonprofit status. Guitars for vets T-shirts and 75mm Artillery Shell Lamps are for sale on the website. Benford has built a guitar with a 101st airborne "Screaming Eagles" theme to be auctioned off on eBay on Friday, November 16th, with 100% of the proceeds going towards attaining nonprofit status. Specs and photos for the guitar can be found at http://www.benfordguitars.com/airborne.html and http://www.guitarsforvets.org/events.html . Plans are also in the works for Air Force, Navy, and Marine themed guitars to be built and auctioned off at later dates.

So it looks like things have really started to shape up over there. They are going from a nice idea to a full-fledged non-profit. I'm glad to see it and proud to be a part of it.

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