Play The War Away
“I’ll print you one.”
“I can print you one, Jaye.”
“Dr. Croom, I’m not talking about a picture of ukulele but an actually ukulele.”
“So am I.”
Dr. Croom, an Army Veterinary Corps Veteran, lives Kalamazoo, Michigan. She also has another business – www.VetsIn3Dcom. She gave me a glimpse into the amazing world of 3D printing. Her magic machine produced this working (v)ukulele. Whoa.
Here’s how Richard describes it:
“Music and art saved my life and that’s why I ultimately founded CreatiVets. I felt like this first piece should be done by myself. I was hit by 4 I.E.D.s in Iraq and my brain injury ended up being a blessing because it lead me to art. I put a few different symbols into that piece if you didn’t notice. The base of it all is a metal look that is meant to represent the way veterans trap in their thoughts and experiences and “box” it up. The sand covering the bottom is from the time I spent in Iraq. The opening of the Vuke is also the opening of the metal box and the American flag shines through letting me know that I can play the war away. The red in the flag runs down in a few spots to represent the blood spilled for America.”
Big thanks to Wendell Walker, ATL’s finest guitar whisperer, who helped us put it all together. We will be auctioning off our first Vukulele with proceeds to support ASF’s multi-faceted, Veterans’ music program.
Count it in…