Oral History Information
Patrick Nettesheim was a Milwaukee based guitar instructor when a life-changing meeting occurred in 2007 with Vietnam-era Marine, Dan Van Buskirk. Dan had always wanted to learn how to play guitar but felt that the scars left from his service would hinder his ability to learn - cue Patrick. Patrick not only helped Dan learn to play, but helped Dan develop an ability to work through much of his residual trauma through playing music. Patrick felt compelled to bring this experience to other vets, so he and Dan teamed up with their local VA Medical center, giving birth to Guitar For Vets, a charitable organization that strives to put guitars in the hands of vets impacted by the scourges of war.