'Guitars 4 Troops' Helps Soldiers Harmonize

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A Tennessee woman is helping troops overseas by sharing the gift of music.

Robin Weber enjoys playing guitar, and eventually turned her love of the instrument into a business selling the instruments.

She then got a call from a soldier serving in Afghanistan, asking if she could donate a guitar.

"[My] knee jerk reaction was of course I will donate a guitar to a soldier," Weber recalled.

Word spread, and soon she heard from other service members overseas.

"Other guys wanted to know if they could have a guitar, and in the end I sent about 8-10 guitars in the first couple months just donated from the shop here," Weber said.

That effort turned into a non-profit organization called "Guitars 4Troops."

"I opened it up to the guitar community, my customers, the guys and gals that buy from me," Weber said. "And I said, 'This is what we are doing. If you have an old guitar that you are not using, would you like to donate it? Would you donate funds?'"

In the past 18 months, "Guitars 4 Troops" has sent more than 50 guitars to soldiers serving overseas.

"Music is a healer and these guys and gals are being traumatized in ways we can't imagine," Weber said. "When they can come home at night and play a guitar, it is a big deal."

Weber encourages soldiers to leave the guitars behind when it's time for them to return home so others soldiers can enjoy the instruments.

"It is a multiplication of just doing good," she explained. "I get one over there and the soldiers get to have the joy of passing it on. It is kind of a pay it forward thing. It is all positive."

Weber has a long waiting list for guitars, but hopes to be able to send one to any deployed service member who's made a request.

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