The Bronx Veterans Affairs hospital began a new program on July 20th that uses volunteers to teach veterans how to play musical instruments. The goal of the program is to channel the power of music to assist in the healing process.
New York National Guard Major Bob Coulombe of Chappaqua, New York, started the program by soliciting old instruments for refurbishment after he heard that there were volunteers eager to teach veterans how to play. The hospital collected a wide variety of instruments, from harps to guitars to trombones, for a total of 32 instruments
The program has already garnered positive reviews from participating veterans. Eugene Parrotta, a veteran of the Vietnam Era who suffers from posttraumatic stress disorder, has attested that music, “releases the tension and, man, there’s a lot of tension.”
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