Combat-Wounded Veterans Receive a Gift of Music and Healing

A group of Gift Day donors stand with a large keyboard and other instruments they have donated.

On September 21, 2011, the National Pawnbrokers Association (NPA) sponsored its third annual Musical Instrument Gift Day. Pawnbrokers from around the country made generous donations of musical instruments to aid combat-wounded veterans from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Donation ceremonies were held at 3 key veterans facilities: the Warrior and Family Support Center in San Antonio, the Armed Services YMCA Naval Medical Center in San Diego, and the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, MD.

Veterans were surprised with full drum sets, new guitars, keyboards, and drum sticks and drum pads used to aid in music therapy and recovery.

NPA is working closely with Wings for Warriors, a non- profit organization whose mission is to provide necessary tools, insights and resources for combat-wounded veterans as they go through the recovery process and transition into new realities.

Anthony Ameen, the organizationʼs founder and a combat-wounded veteran who served in Afghanistan, stated, “My recovery was helped immensely through music therapy by playing the guitar. We are excited to work with the NPA to deliver the gift of music to help speed the recovery of combat- wounded veterans.” Visit WingsForWarriors.org to learn how the organization is changing lives.

Now in its third year, Gift Day has donated thousands of musical instruments to charity organizations supporting underprivileged children, families, and veterans.