Dispatch 79: SU Student Receives U.S. Bank Donation to Support Vets through Guitars-4-Vets Program

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Recently, US Bank presented Saybrook University student and veteran, Richard Hutchinson, with a $10,000 donation supporting the Guitars-4-Vets program.  With this money the organization, based in Cincinnati, should be able to support 50-75 veterans.

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Guitars for Vets (G4V) is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit national organization whose mission is to enhance the lives of veterans with PTSD by providing free guitar instructions to such veterans.  The purpose is to promote positive social interaction, provide an avenue for self-expression, build focus and confidence, and create bonds of fellowship with other like-minded veterans. Veterans learn guitar skills along the way. Cincinnati is the 7th chapter in the program, stating in 2012.  G4V currently have 97 chapters and have placed over 4,000 guitars to veterans. 

The Cincinnati chapter is the only chapter that has a regularly performing student and graduate group!

Congratulations to G4V Cincy Chapter and thank you to U.S. Bank for supporting this important project advancing positive social change for our veterans.

About Richard (in his own words):

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I am a PhD candidate in Organizational Systems in the College of Social Sciences. Dr Chuck Piazza is the committee chair. My research is examining how nonprofit organizations are designed to meet immediate community concerns and not designed to do something different.  Societies change, the needs of different sectors of societies change, and I believe that by understanding how the systems are organized, through a lens of humanistic anthropology one can drive the necessary innovation by re-aligning and discovering new resources and new stakeholders.

I received a BS in Natural Sciences and a MA in Anthropology from the University of Cincinnati. My Master’s research examined ancient water and environmental management systems at the pre- Classic Mayan site of La Milpa in northwest Belize. I worked for over 20 years at the Kettering Institute of Environmental Health at UC before moving on as a consultant for local and international organizations.

I am an US Army veteran, having served over 18 years on active duty, National Guard, and Army Reserve with tours in Western and Eastern Europe, Southwest Asia, and Central America.  As a disabled veteran, I mentor veterans in Hamilton County, Ohio’s Veteran Treatment Court and am a life member of the Disabled American Veterans.

Currently I am the coordinator for the Cincinnati VA Medical Center’s chapter of the national nonprofit Guitars for Vets (www.guitarsforvets.org). The program provides free guitar instruction to veterans with PTSD and Traumatic Brain Injury. Since our inception in 2007, our program has graduated over 4000 veterans.