The Rock Club Rock For Vets program was founded in 2009 by a musician, Frank McIlquham and a Vietnam Army War Veteran, Jerry Salas, who returned to civilian life with an inability to maintain healthy relationships and adjust to civilian life without being paralyzed from the horrific memories of his war experiences.
After significant therapeutic attempts which met with little success, music rehabilitation (in particular, drum instruction) was suggested. It was through the connection these two men shared through their love of music, the strong teacher/ student relationship and the healing power the music brought, that Rock For Vets was created. What they found was that music is a catalyst for healing, rebuilding self-confidence and reduces the daily stresses of everyday life.
By developing coping skills, compassion, self-esteem and communication skills Veterans are able to slowly reenter life. Rock For Vets is about giving back to those who faithfully served their country and are now in need of support. As one Veteran stated “This program gave me a reason to live. I no longer have thoughts of suicide.”
As of 2015, we changed our non-profit name to The Rock Club Music Is The Remedy, to include more community projects including seniors and youth at risk.