August 30, 2021

VNEW has started its first musical instrument teaching workshop – “Beginning Ukulele” – a free three-month introductory class for veterans to learn how to play the ukulele. VNEW gave 13 free ukuleles and tuners to the workshop members to keep and practice, and the workshop is being taught via Zoom online by expert ukulele teacher, Melanie Kareem.

Members of the workshop have told us how learning to play the ukulele has helped them focus, cope with PTSD and fulfill their dreams to play a musical instrument. One of the veterans is playing with his two young sons enjoying great family time together. 

Watch the VNEW website for announcements of additional music workshops. VNEW thanks two generous donors from Hawaii and The American Legion Ronald Reagan Palisades Post 283 for their support of this workshop. If you would like to support a veteran with a ukulele for an upcoming workshop please click here to donate – The veterans and we will appreciate your gift of music!