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Guitars for Vets Canada

A program that matches veterans and still-serving members with PTSD or other service related disabilities with a gently used guitar and online lessons / volunteer lessons where available. Putting the healing power of music in the hands of heroes.

About the Program

VETS Canada’s Guitars for Vets program is based on a simple concept: veterans and currently serving members of the Canadian Armed Forces and RCMP who suffer with PTSD or other service-related injuries or disabilities will be provided with a new or gently used guitar. They will also be connected with free online lessons and – when and where available – students will have the option of working with a guitar instructor for 10 weeks of free lessons. These instructor-led lessons may be one-on-one or in small group settings. Our goal with Guitars for Vets is to get as many guitars as possible in the hands of wounded veterans to help the healing process.

Learn to Play

If you are a veteran, soldier, or RCMP member with a service-related injury or disability and you want to learn to play the guitar, please fill out our application form.

Get started playing today with Online Beginner Guitar Lessons from Dempster Guitar Studio.

For Guitar Instructors

If you are a guitar instructor and want to volunteer your time please fill out our application form.

For General Volunteers

If you are not a guitar instructor but you're interested in volunteering with this program in other ways, please fill out our application form.

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Guitars for Vets Team Leads from Coast to Coast

Guitars for Vets Canada is a proudly volunteer-led program. If you are interested in becoming a student or volunteer instructor, contact the volunteer Team Lead in your area for further information!

“My guitar saved my life because the more I played the more all the noise in my head went away it was life changing, I still suffer with PTSD and always will but playing has helped me handle it better, music can set the soul free.”
– Jim Lowther CD, President/ CEO/ Founder of VETS Canada

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