Volunteers create guitars for Minn. vets

10:48 PM, Jul 16, 2010   |    comments
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HUDSON, Wis. -- A love of music and woodworking, plus a desire to help, brought dozens of volunteers to a workshop on a hobby farm in Hudson Friday.

"I couldn't think of a better thing to be doing or a place that I would rather be than being here today," said volunteer Gordon Elton.

The volunteers put together twenty guitars that will be donated to twenty Minnesota veterans suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

"Eighty people who never saw each other before worked together today to build 20 guitars," said George Vondriska who owns Wild Earth Woodworking School, where the guitars were being made for a non-profit called Guitars for Vets.

Guitars for Vets is now starting its ninth chapter in Minnesota.  The organization, begun by two men in Milwaukee, collects guitars, donates them to vets, provides six free lessons and then provides group lessons with other vets.

"Music is a great way to calm the soul," said Elton, a Vietnam vet who served in the Army for more than 24 years.

The guitars being made at Vondriska's workshop will go to vets at the Brooklyn Park Vet Center. 

Volunteers will finish the guitars Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  The public is invited to help.



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