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Walla Walla veteran volunteers time to heal other vets through music

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Beau Gerard started the music healing program. Beau Gerard started the music healing program.

WALLA WALLA, WA- Veteran Beau Gerard volunteers at the Walla Walla VA by playing music to help fellow veterans heal.

Medicine is not the only thing that helps heal local veterans in Walla Walla.  Music healing has grown as a therapy at the VA.  

"There is a frequency within the depths of the sound of a musical instrument," said Beau Gerard, started the music healing program.

Gerard, a Vietnam War Veteran, has played the piano since he was 7 years old. He is not just playing for himself.

"It's a special avenue for healing and peacefulness," said Gerard. 

Since last Winter, recovering veterans at the Walla Walla VA have let the melodies heal them in a different type of way. 

"It's given me a focus. there's more out there than drinking and drugs and stuff like that. There's more to life to it than that.  It's an eye-opener," said Rod Wade, a recovering veteran.

This is Gerard's last time playing for the VA for a few months because he will leave to help start a music healing program in Tucson, Arizona.  While he is away, the program in Walla Walla will still go on. 

"I feel empowered.  I feel very proud of the work I've been able to start.  I'll wake up and say, 'What's next?' I'll take it day by day with that," said Gerard.

"It means a lot to everybody.  All of these veterans go 100%.  I just love being with them. It's great.  I can't say enough," said Wade.

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