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Guitars for Vets is raising funds to give veterans the healing power of music.

About 7.7 million adults suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), reports the National Institute of Health. Many of these people are military veterans who honorably served our country and this week offers a chance to thank them.

Guitars for Vets, a nonprofit organization that brings the healing power of music to veterans, is hosting its fifth annual benefit concert, Rock to Remember, this Wednesday Nov. 11,  from 6-9 p.m. at Best Place at the Historic Pabst Brewery (901 W. Juneau Ave). Guests will have the opportunity to participate in a silent auction and raffle, along with other activities. All proceeds will benefit Guitars for Vets’ (G4V) 50 chapters across the country.

“Since founding Guitars for Vets, I have seen firsthand the many ways that music can enrich the lives of veterans suffering from mental, physical and emotional distress,” says Patrick Nettesheim, co-founder of Guitars for Vets. “I am honored to see the community come together again in support of this event and help make a difference in the lives of our brothers and sisters who served our country. ”

The evening of music will feature Milwaukee’s own talent: Willy Porter, The WhiskeyBelles and Kharma Shotgun.

“The WhiskeyBelles are a mix of Honky-Tonk and Bluegrass; a throwback to the golden age of rock with true grit,” says Nettesheim. They have been passionate ambassadors for Guitars for Vets for several years. Kharma Shotgun is the “unofficial” Guitars for Vets Band, featuring Nettesheim and Executive Director Eric Weinstein on guitar. Nettesheim calls their sound “Edgy, trippy and poppy.” G4V is excited to partner with Willy Porter for the first time, known for his unique blend of folk rock. All artists are donating their time and talents for this event.

Since its inception in 2007, G4V has grown to serve 2,500 vets in 30 states. Its volunteer-run program includes free lessons and a new acoustic guitar and accessory kit for its students. Proceeds from the evening will help expand G4V’s reach and provide needed instruments to veterans on the program’s waiting list.

Tickets for Rock to Remember are $10 in advance or $15 at the door. Click here to purchase tickets or make a donation directly to G4V. Donations of new and used guitars and equipment will also be accepted at the event.

Even if you can’t attend the concert, consider honoring a vet on Wednesday. Here are a few easy ways:

  • Stop by the V.A. Hospital (5000 W. National Ave.) and volunteer
  • Buy a cup of coffee at Dry Hootch (4801 W. National Ave. or 1030 E. Brady St.)
  • Grab a bite to eat at the Troop Cafe (3430 W. Wisconsin Ave.)
  • Start up a conversation and visit with a vet. You might be surprised how much you’ll gain and how appreciated such a simple act can be.

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