The speakers were our own Debra Jessop and Gordon Close. They spoke about the program they have started called Guitars for the Troops. This is a program that provides guitars to troops that are on active duty, wounded warriors, or suffering from PTSD. The program was started about 10 years ago, and, to date, they have donated about 750 guitars to troops. There goal is to offer 1,000 guitar packages per year. They started the program when they were members of the Rotary Club of Fitzsimons.
The program provides a guitar, guitar case with the Rotary emblem on it, pics, strings, and an instruction book. The entire package is worth about $600.00 but they are able to do it for $200.00 per guitar package due to on going donations. The guitars have gone to a lot of troops in Iraq and Ft. Carson. They were saying there are approximately 1,000 troops at Ft. Carson suffering from PTSD.

The company that provides the guitars is owned by Gordon. It is his own brand, Harvest . During the presentation, they showed a video of the program and sang three songs.
They had a booth at New Orleans Rotary Convention and are planning on having one at the Rotary Convention next year in Honolulu, HI. Other Rotary clubs from around the world are picking up this program which allows Gordon and Debra to send out more guitars.They have received several letters from recipient's of the guitars thanking them for guitars and stating that the gift saved them from committing suicide.