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VA Boston Healthcare System


Restoring Warriors to Wellness with Strings

 A man positions the fingers of another man on a guitar during a training session

Gene Stein, experienced Guitar for Vets volunteer positions Veteran Richard's hands during a training session held at the Brockton campus of VA Boston.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

In 2013, VA Boston Healthcare System was approached by a Guitar for Vets volunteer Gene Stein offering to start a Guitar for Vets chapter in the Boston, Massachusetts area. Guitars for Vets (G4V) is a program where guitar lessons are provided to Veterans, free of charge, by an experienced guitar player and educator, who has decided to volunteer his time for Veterans.

"By encouraging self-expression and relationship building through music, G4V works with warriors to restore feelings of joy and purpose that can be lost after suffering trauma.

Guitar for Vets is a non-profit organization with the experience, relationships and resources to offer therapeutic guitar instruction to military Veterans on a national scale." (

The mission of Guitar for Vets fits perfectly into the vision and values of VA Boston Healthcare System, which state, "...that the VA Boston Healthcare System will be known for the outstanding services we provide, our compassion for our Veterans, our collaborations with the communities that we serve, and our education and research initiatives. All of the efforts within the VA Boston Healthcare System will be based on the core values of: Trust, Continuous Improvement, Mutual Respect, Diversity, Teamwork, Integrity, Innovation, and Customer  Service." 

The VA strives to provide the best and most diverse patient-centered care to our Veterans, and Voluntary Services Department and Recreation Therapy Service are able to provide a wide variety of services, including: Adaptive Sports; Creative Arts Therapy; different Recreation Therapy interventions including but not limited to: physical activities, educational activities, sensory stimulation, diversional activities, arts & crafts/occupational therapy activities, spiritual activities, community living skills and integration, vocational opportunities, and volunteer opportunities.

The Guitar for Vets program originally contacted Ralph Marche, Chief of Voluntary Services and Holly Corrente, a Board-Certified Music Therapist working towards spreading the benefit to Veterans of the different forms of Creative Arts throughout the Brockton Campus. Read more on Guitar for Veterans Program. 


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