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FRETS 4 VETS

Helping Vets Defeat PTSD and Depression One Chord At A Time

Georgetown, DE

Mission

To provide music education to veterans with PTSD, depression and other mental health struggles in order to develop healthy coping skills. A yearly budget of $108,00 would service 3 chapters with a full student load. Currently we have a wait list of 419 since we only service what we have funds to do in succession.

Ruling Year

2017

Founder

Mr Isaiah Baker IV

Main Address

300a Nancy St

Georgetown, DE 19947 USA

Keywords

PTSD, depression, veterans

EIN

81-4413375

 Number

3539865244

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Military/Veterans' Organizations (W30)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve New!

We are trying to reduce the 22 average daily veteran and active duty military suicides from PTSD or depression.

Our programs

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Instrument Instruction to create PTSD and Depression Coping Mechanism

Where we workNew!

Our Results

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Students who shared they received a benefit from taking the program

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

General/Unspecified

Related program

Instrument Instruction to create PTSD and Depression Coping Mechanism

Context notes

We assess at each lesson whether they are having a good week or a bad week with their mental health issues and compile that info at end of each student's course.

Student quantity who successfully completed program

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

General/Unspecified

Related program

Instrument Instruction to create PTSD and Depression Coping Mechanism

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total quantity of students served

Students who shared they did NOT receive a benefit from taking the program

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

General/Unspecified

Related program

Instrument Instruction to create PTSD and Depression Coping Mechanism

Context notes

We assess at each lesson whether they are having a good week or a bad week with their mental health issues and compile that info at end of each student's course.

Charting Impact

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

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What have and haven't they accomplished so far?

We are trying to get the rate of 22 veteran and active duty military suicides to a lower number by creating a coping mechanism to direct their mind to a more positive and creative direction. Studies have shown that PTSD and depression can be lessened through counseling and though developing coping skills. We aim to help in the creation of those skill to be added to regular mental health counseling through third parties.

A veteran student with a valid dd-214 and a diagnosis of PTSD or Depression (and some physical limitations are also considered) is provided a loaner guitar and an android tablet with proprietary lesson software provided by us and an instructor to provide 16 one on one classes provided at 1 hour per week. Every other week after their 4th lesson they will be invited (not a mandatory attendance) to bi-weekly jam session / group get together held at their location, the teacher for this session will be a mental health counselor as well as a music instructor. The students are allowed 2 makeup days, if they can not attend for health or acts of mother nature those will not be counted. At the end of the 16 week course the student gets a diploma package that will include a brand new, handmade in the USA, electric guitar, lap steel or bass, depending on their lesson selection, that is theirs to keep. They will then be invited to continue to take lessons at a minor cost of $5 per week donation to the host American Legion post to help with the maintaining of the space they are so graciously letting us use for this program. If a student surpasses a 32 week program they will be inducted into our Player Hall of Fame in which ever category they have chosen to learn to play in. They will also at that point be evaluated and offered the chance to teach what they have learned to a new flight of students. Students will also get an assessment once monthly to track the progression of their PTSD or depression to help with informational metrics and to help determine if they need to be referred to any mental health specialists to further their recovery.
Our program is specifically designed to help create a coping mechanism to help the student focus their mind in a positive direction instead of a self destructive path. We can not emphasize enough that we are not a medical program we are a supportive program and our program works best when a student is enrolled in some form of counseling or is seeing a medical professional on a regular basis. We embrace the drug free approach of counseling blended with our program as the best method in all but the most extreme cases.

We have a network of twenty four teachers for the program and a few mental health counselors / practices that we refer to if the student wishes to have professional counseling and are not already enrolled in such.

We have monthly PTSD check metrics to judge if the program is having effect of each student. We also have designed a entrance and exit survey to generalize the students mood and sense of mental health thought their interpretation that will enable us to see if they think we are making a difference.

we have successfully accomplished our goals with the first set of students, but we have 490 on a wait list and it is growing daily. We haven't been able to help everyone due to a lack of funding.

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

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Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

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No

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

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Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

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Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

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No

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