Doc has been running a private "Harps for the Troops" program. He sends inexpensive harmonicas (such as those under "Cheap Harmonicas" and "Beginner Harmonicas" on our website Harmonica page, and has sent more than 11,000 harps over the past 3.5 years. Both troops, and the military mental hygiene professionals, report that the harmonicas remind them of home and everything American, and the harmonicas serve as a tangible reminder that there are people back home who care. We've been told that the harmonicas have taken on a sentimental value far in excess of their economic value. We are told that in many of the bases, where harps have been distributed, you can hear harmonica music day and night. Whenever the mental hygiene people go to do seminars or group work, at outlying bases, they are always told to bring the guy that distributes the harmonicas. Frequently, whenever possible, soldiers make special trips to pick up free harmonicas for their units. Late last year, a Marine C.O. flew in to the mental hygiene center and took 22 dozen harps to his troops during the battle for Fallujah (secret weapon?). The American Freedom Harp (AFH) is the new harmonica created for distribution to the troops, and, as you see, they carry an important message. Harmonicas are becoming a valued possession for the troops. Our American Freedom Harps are the free harmonicas that we send to the troops.
The American Freedom Harp (AFH) will also be sold by Harp Depot, in four different keys, to the public. The Harp Depot website price is $3.95. The proceeds from AFH sales will be used to send more free harmonicas, with a message, to the troops. Each AFH sold will enable us to send another free harmonica overseas to the troops. Help us out by buying lots of the AFH harmonicas, and let us know if you can put us in contact with more troops in both Iraq and Afghanisatn, so that we can more widely distribute these harps. Let us put aside our political differences and let the troops know that we stand united in gratitude and support for their sacrifices, irregardless of one's own politics.