Organization teaches vets how to play flute for PTSD coping

Organization teaches vets how to play flute for PTSD coping
(Source: Tucson News Now)

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Flutes for Vets are preparing for their first big performance in Tucson next Friday, March 16 at the ASDB Berger Performing Arts Center.

Veterans, who once dealt with the sounds of war, are coping with post traumatic stress by learning to play the Native American style flute.

"Transcending, that's the word. It takes me out of where I don't want to be and puts me in a better place. That's a wonderful journey for me," said Denny Metzger, a Vietnam War era Air Force veteran.

He struggles with PTSD every day and was searching for an outlet to calm his anger and depression brought on by the disorder.

Flutes for Vets was founded by a woman by the name of Twinfeathers in the summer of last year in Tucson. Through song the organization aims to combat post traumatic stress disorder and veteran suicide.

"It's very high, I think it's like 20 a day. I think that's a low estimate. I think there's a lot we don't even see," explained Twinfeathers.

The organization provides free classes for veterans to learn the Native American style flute and gives them a chance to join in harmony with others facing similar struggles.

Army Veteran Yemaya Shimek said, "We always have a little common link together and an understanding. I feel their support all the time."

Tickets for the show are $20 online before the event or $22 at the door.

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