Challenge America and Guitars For Vets, both national Veteran nonprofit organizations, are partnering to build camaraderie and learning opportunities through guitar instruction, live events and resources hosted in the Challenge America Veteran Arts (CAVARTS) Community.

Guitars For Vets now offers fun and engaging guitar-related activities, including live events and guitar instruction, on

To celebrate the partnership, Challenge America and Guitars for Vets will host a live, online kick-off event Thursday, June 9, at 8:00 p.m. EDT with special guest, Ben Mauro, an international musician for more than 30 years who has played with iconic legends like Cher; Eagles lead guitarist, Don Felder; Lionel Richie, John Fogerty, Kelly Clarkson, Toni Braxton and Britney Spears.

The event, open to all service members and Veterans, includes an overview of Guitars For Vets and a clinic with Mauro.

RSVP today by joining CAVARTS at

About Challenge America and CAVARTS

Challenge America leverages innovation, creative arts and community-building strategies to connect service members, Veterans and their families to various resources. CAVARTS unites all of these components in a vibrant online community for Veterans interested in the arts, which provides a platform for learning and healing.

If you are a service member or Veteran interested joining the CAVARTS community, visit and click “request to join.” Membership is free.

About Guitars For Vets

Guitars For Vets places the healing power of music in the hands of heroes. The organization provides 10 free individualized guitar lessons, both virtual and face-to-face, designed to help students learn at their own pace. Monthly group sessions are also organized at each chapter to provide Veterans a communal atmosphere to promote dialogue and play music with peers with similar experiences. Group sessions also create connections among individuals who are both warriors and guitarists, serving as a catalyst for positive human interaction.

Learn more at

The sharing of any non-VA information does not constitute an endorsement of products and services on the part of VA. Verify information with the organization offering.

By Courtesy of Challenge America

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Published on May. 24, 2022

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  1. Debbie Hasch June 17, 2022 at 2:21 pm

    My husband is 100% disabled veteran and now with dementia. He has several guitar kits and tools and equipment that I am looking to donate. We live in SC. Please contact me if you could help. Thanks

  2. Steve May 31, 2022 at 1:40 pm

    I played in several bands over 60 years, but carpal tunnel has ruined me!

  3. Ella Srymanske May 26, 2022 at 11:46 pm

    I agree with Fred!! Let’s all make music and memories together!! Music is the medicine for a lot!! Uplifting.
    I always wanted to learn the guitar but don’t have one. Want to be able to teach my kids.
    But I did play the piano back in school. I’d love to just sit in for the fun of it!! I can sing a little too…

  4. Val May 26, 2022 at 9:03 pm

    This sounds like a wonderful project for the Vets. Wow Music can take you places!

  5. Stephen Salkof May 26, 2022 at 2:53 pm

    Access the site – sign up for timely updates – guitar classes will be forming soon, according to the site information. Also, guitarsforvets site – virtual classes offered if a location is not near you – sign up is the first day of each month as noted.

  6. Fred Austin May 26, 2022 at 1:29 pm

    What about us Vets who play other instruments, how can we join in the music, to where we can form bands that can perform for Brothers & Sisters who have Served, & are still serving this Great Nation. Do you, or is there something we, have in effect, that covers this. Both Music & Laughter are the best medicine for those who have battle scars not just physical, but mental also. Sometimes a good nerve may be hit that can boost a recovery of sorts, or at least get it started. Please don’t get me wrong I’m all for the guitars for Vets, but they don’t have to stand alone, WE who are able will have their backs & also enhance the good that this has started within them. So let’s all get together ( Brothers & Sisters both) & Play that Funky Music in one accord!!! I’ll be waiting to hear from you…

    Fred Austin MSN3

  7. Fr William Bauer PhD May 26, 2022 at 10:34 am

    I am in favor of tenor sacophones.

  8. Kenneth Wright May 26, 2022 at 9:22 am

    Never record. An email when I applied to join cabaret.

  9. Jack Duchow May 25, 2022 at 7:37 pm

    Do you provide guitars?

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