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Veterans spending the weekend building electric guitars from scratch

Veterans spending the weekend building electric guitars from scratch (KOMO Photo)

LYNNWOOD, Wash. – This weekend, local veterans are spending the weekend building electric guitars.

“If you never had this opportunity, you’d never know you were capable of doing something like this,” said Larry Slough, a 34-year year veteran of the Army and Navy.

Fifteen veterans began crafting these guitars from scratch on Friday.

“A lot of us were in the Navy or the Army or the Air Force, Coast Guard. Yeah, it’s just a real common bond,” said Slough.

The workshop is fully-funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation.

“Being here around everybody else, I love it. It’s great,” said Gerry Olsen, a Marine veteran.

The weekend at Edmonds Community College is hosted by the National STEM Guitar Project and supported by the Phoenix Patriot Foundation and the Veteran’s Resource Center at EDCC.

We were there as Violet Velazquez, now in the Navy Reserves, pulled her guitar from a blue-gray paint bucket.

“It came out even better than I could have imagined.”

Velazquez said the workshop in process helped strengthen her confidence working with like-minded teammates.

“To come out with a product like this, you can step away from that fear and be able to determine that I can do something even if it’s out of my comfort zone.”

The workshop, which also included a class on entrepreneurship, will wrap up Sunday afternoon.

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