Veteran “gets his groove back”

Music is not just Willie Walker’s passion; it’s his best therapy
Aug. 03, 2013 @ 07:04 PM

Willie Walker, a wheelchair-bound World War II Army veteran and a resident at the Durham Veterans Administration Medical Center, regularly enjoyed playing his guitar as a means to cope with stress during his leisure time.

Other veterans, attending nurses and staff all enjoyed listening to Willie and in their own way,  found therapy in it as well. Tragically, Willie's guitar was broken. Willie was heartbroken.

The story of Willie and his guitar traveled far and wide, finally reaching the ears of Bob Moulton, CEO and company president of National Pawn. Through a generous act of kindness, Moulton personally donated a brand new guitar and “hard case” to Willie in person.

"I am very glad to have been able to bring some joy and peace to Mr. Walker's life,” said Moulton. “It was a pleasure meeting him and the dedicated staff at the VA that care so much about him."

Walker’s eyes lit up as he held his new guitar saying, "I missed that thing, man!" With a handshake and a smile, Walker exclaimed to Moulton, "It's the exact same thing! The exact same guitar!! Bless you!"

There was not a dry eye to be seen in the group.

Willie, with tears in his eyes took the time to shake everyone’s hand, thanking them repeatedly. Wanda Moore, a N.C. American Legion Auxiliary working with recreational therapy, told Willie "Now you can play, sing, and dance!"

"Yes I can!" Willie said with a laugh.