Music helps these Vietnam veterans heal old war wounds

By Greg McQuade
Reprinted with permission from WTVR

RICHMOND, Va. -- When these musicians gather to jam they’re not rehearsing for a gig and they don’t play before an cheering audience. But listen closely you may just hear the sweet sounds of healing. This is a music class where the students are well beyond high school age.

"I’m looking forward to Fridays and looking forward to being with the guys," Chastain King said.

The men in this class are learning the basics of guitar, but these lessons go much deeper than sheet music.

"These are my brothers. I just love them. We feed off of each other," Carrington Parker Jr said.

It’s called Guitars for Veterans, a national non-profit. Richmond chapter founder Peg Andrae said the music provides therapy for those who served.

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