“It is an honor to have the opportunity to recognize CJ and Dave for their efforts on behalf of our nation’s veterans,” Hartzler said. “I am blessed to represent Mr. and Mrs. Dunklee in Congress and wish them continued success with this special project.”

Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler recognized The Healing Box Project for their work to provide guitars and music lessons to disabled veterans. The representative spoke to her colleagues on the house floor at the U.S. Capitol.

Founders Dave and CJ Dunklee travel to the Harry S. Truman Veterans Memorial Hospital in Columbia every week to provide free lessons. Each veteran in the program is given a guitar.

So far they have gifted 96 guitars. The lessons are taught by Dave who performs at a variety of Lake venues in the band Double D. At each performance they accept donations for project expenses.

“It is an honor to have the opportunity to recognize CJ and Dave for their efforts on behalf of our nation’s veterans,” Hartzler said. “I am blessed to represent Mr. and Mrs. Dunklee in Congress and wish them continued success with this special project.”

In addition to guitars, hard-shell cases, method books and accessories are given to every participant. The estimated cost to provide the service is $275 for every person. The Healing Box Project is a registered charity

Double D will be performing at the Tailgate Party before the Aaron Tippin concert Sept. 23 at Ozarks Amphitheater, starting at 5 p.m.

For more information, go to www.thehealingboxproject.org or The Healing Box Project on Facebook.