Making the transition to civilian life can be hard for troops returning home from combat, but some Tri-State veterans are turning to music to deal with their related mental or physical injuries.
When Army veteran Wayne Bridges picks up his guitar, his stress melts away.
"It soothes my mind," said Bridges. "If your mind is racing, you can't get focused on anything you sit down and play a little bit and it changes your mental being and you're ready to go."
The organization provides guitars and free lessons to for veterans suffering from mental or physical injuries related to their military service.
Second String Music Owner Rodney Hart is a co-coordinator of the Quincy program.
"They're looking for something to help deal with stress and anxiety a lot of the time," said Hart. "This is something that veterans can do. We give them the lessons and they can take the stuff they've learned and take it home and make themselves better."
Quincy native Steve Stoner started the program at Jefferson Barracks in St. Louis. The program expanded to his hometown of Quincy. Click here to hear more about the origins of Six String Heroes in Quincy from KHQA This Morning.
Hart says its amazing to watch the healing power of music work in the veterans he teaches.
"We had a gentleman come into Second String Music," said Hart. "He was a veteran and it was obvious he had his own problems. We got him a guitar, lessons and the change in six weeks was amazing."
Click here to hear more about how music saved one local veteran's life from KHQA This Morning.
The program receives no government funding and depends donations of money and time from the community.
"This is a very small thing we can do to support our service men and women who have served our country so well," Hart said.
It's a gift of inner peace for veterans like Bridges.
"If I get stressed out from my work or something, I can just pick up my guitar and play and it soothes me," Bridges said.
The program is hosting "A night with the Cheeseburgers 2" on March 8 at historic Turner Hall. The event is sponsored by Vancil Performing Arts Center Music Dept. and Second String Music to support Six String Heroes. Organizers say it will be a great night of music, dancing, fun and friendship all while supporting a great program helping our military veterans.
Click here to hear more about the event from Frank Haxel with the Vancil Performing Arts Center Music Dept.
Click here for details on that event and to get information on how you can donate to the cause or get involved.