We would like to introduce our fans and supporters to the newest addition to the Graffiti of War Project, Warfighters' INK. This book will include images and stories behind the haunting memorials, proud memories and controversial statements that have become an increasingly important and accepted subculture of the world's military.
Other than tattoo magazines and the occasional feature article, there has been very little mainstream attention given to these stunning and powerful works of art. Our goal is to change that and use the upcoming book to showcase the work, artistry and meanings behind these incredible images. Many of these creations, this "skin graffiti", can be a window into a rarely seen emotional side of military culture. Each one tells a story and our goal is to document and then share these stories and give the world a further inside look at the culture of our military men and women. Using America's increasing interest in tattoos, we aim to further spread awareness of the self-sacrifices of our citizen soldiers and shed some light into what lies beneath the hard outer shells of our brave warfighters.
While our team is on assignment in Kuwait & Iraq, they will be capturing images of these tributes to a life of service, to a lost friend or loved one. As the departure to Southwest Asia nears, we will continue to accept submissions for consideration via the new Facebook page, www.facebook.com/warfighters.ink. In addition, we will be creating a website under the URL, www.warfighters-ink.com so make sure you keep checking the Facebook page to find out when that website is live.
The addition of Warfighters', INK, we feel, continues our focus of showcasing a rarely seen, unconventional view of the world around us, through a new and unique perspective.
If you would like to know more or have your own "skin graffiti" to submit for consideration, please email them to firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our Facebook page, www.facebook.com/warfighters.ink and submit them directly to the page. Make sure you share our page with your friends, family, everyone and anyone, we need your support to ensure the success of this project and future projects all p to you by, The Graffiti of War.
Jaeson "Doc" Parsons
Dear Our Amazing Fans & Supporters:
Forgive my lack of communication lately, I have been doing my best to avoid the "sickness" that has laid waste to my family of four, however, my defenses were breeched Sunday morning and the all-out attack began last night. I am sorry to report that my body has been over run and the "sickness" has prevailed. Never to let the flu keep me away, I am at your service and will continue to "fight the good fight", snot, cough and fever be damned!
I would like to take this update to introduce you to our team behind the scenes here at the Graffiti of War Project. Although we are a small organization, our partners are giants among their peers. In addition to those listed below, we have a small army of "Super Fans" and supporters that assist the project in a variety of ways and we are grateful beyond words for their selfless service to this project and the American Warfighter. Your work and support has not gone unnoticed!
Melissa "Mel" Parsons: Mel is the creative design director as well as the driving force behind our non-profit. She designed the majority of our merchandise and created our soon-to-be released, Press Book which has dazzled the world-over. Melissa studied at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh for Industrial Design and Technology. In addition to her work on this project, she created Raining Ink Designs, a custom design and tattoo company. She operated this very successful small business both overseas and here in the States. Although she wears many "hats" in this organization, she is the genius behind our creative design and Warfighters’ INK was a concept born inside her beautiful mind (I may be a bit partial, she is my wonderful wife.). Sondra "Guardian" Harkins: Sondra is our newest addition to the Graffiti of War Project; she joins our team as the PR/Marketing Director for both The Graffiti of War Project and Foundation. Sondra’s passion for The Graffiti of War Project and Foundation is linked both to her understanding of what the men and women who protect our country must endure and her own passion for the arts and photography. Sondra has worked in healthcare and safety for the past six years and spends her free time working with not-for-profit organizations that support suicide awareness and prevention and promoting new artists in the music industry. Her strengths are analytic informatics and web-based communications. Sondra’s dedication to the military, the arts and music, healthcare, technology, and suicide awareness and prevention will help us bring this project and our troop’s home. Jason "SSG D." Deckman: Jason has been with this project and organization before it was an "organization". SSG D. joined our team when it was only Doc, Mel and a dream. He was the mind behind our website and original Facebook page and continues to aid in our web development and social media presence. SSG D and Doc deployed to Ar Ramadi, Iraq together during OIF 05-07, one of the worst places on Earth in 2006. He has an exceptional military service record and continues to serve this great Nation and all of us as a member of the Army Reserve Corps. As I stated before, in addition to the above, we have an extensive network of "Super Fans" whom we rely on for their help in spreading the word, raising awareness for the project. Words cannot express our gratitude to these incredible individuals for their selfless service to this project and their willingness to support us.
It has been mentioned to us that we should add to our staff and we have put some thought into this suggestion. One of the ideas was to "tap" some of those listed on our "Top SE7EN" candidate list to act as members of a board for the Project. We have not officially made a decision as to whether we will head in this direction, but as this project continues to grow, expand and progress, our need for more official members will dictate our decision. We plan on making this decision this week during our Board meeting, Thursday, March 31st. We, of course, will inform our supporters and fans as to our decision.
Our next update, we will be listing those we are considering for official members of the Board and a list of our "Super Fans". Be sure to check back for this important update as we are going to inquire our "official supporters" (those members that have offered support for this project) as to their input for this upcoming decision.
Thank you all for your continued support of this project. I say it often, but it deserves to be said again, we are so very grateful for your support and belief in this project as well as the Foundation. Without your generous donations and continued input, ideas and suggestions, this project would be lacking in so many ways. Thank you for what you have done and continue to do to ensure the success of this important cultural project.
Jaeson "Doc" Parsons
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Dear Loyal Fans and Supporters:
After much thought and discussion we have come to our decision regarding the finalists, Ken Martin and Bruce Reges, they will both be heading to Iraq with me, Doc Parsons. It makes the most sense and we all feel it will improve the overall scope of this project.
We will be leaving from Washington, DC at the end of May and we are slated to return in the first week of August. During our expedition we will be collecting images, interviewing troops and blogging for the website, all of which will be a regular feature on Maxim.com and in their upcoming "Military" tab. In addition, we will be assisting Ken Martin in complete his project of creating a calendar of deployed service members for his company, USA Cheerleaders. We are very excited to have two highly qualified individuals and are honored to have them as a part of our team for the project, The Graffiti of War.
For those that haven't met our team, I have listed all of us with a short bio below:
Jaeson "Doc" Parsons: Director of project operations and founder of The Graffiti of War Project. Doc deployed with the 54th Engineer Battalion in 2006 to Ar Ramadi, Iraq, Anbar Province. Doc created the Graffiti of War in the spring of 2010 and with the help of his wife, Melissa and his partner, Jason Deckman; he has brought this project from an interesting concept to a viable and successful project.
Ken Martin: Executive Director of USA Cheerleaders, Ken has piloted his company to a very successful organization with far reaching influences. He has worked with organizations such as Wounded Warriors, the USO and Operation Home Coming. His company has participated in dozens of high level charity events across the country.
Bruce Reges 1SG (ret.): Bruce is a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom, deploying to the Diyala Province from 2007 to 2008 as 1SG. In addition, he was attached to the State Department as an education expert due to his position as adjunct Professor at Ferris State College. He also has a background in art as well as an extensive, high level of knowledge within the theater of operations, Iraq.
We are extremely proud of our team and are very excited looking forward to the next few weeks and months prior to the departure for the expedition. We have our work cut out for us and there is much to do in the weeks ahead. However, we are confident in our supporters and in our team working behind the scenes to ensure this project is a success. In our next update, I will be featuring the skills and talents of the extensive support staff we have working with us, some of which include those listed in our Top SE7EN finalists. Be sure and check out our next update coming in the next few days.
As always, we appreciate the continued and generous support of our fans. Without your help, both in funding and ideas, we would not be able to complete this project. We are forever grateful for what you have done and continue to do. We have a tough road ahead, but we take solace in the fact that we have such dedicated and supportive fans to help us through it. Thank you all so very much.
Jaeson "Doc" Parsons
Edwards, Doc and Booth (RIP), Ramadi '06
Dear Fans & Supporters:
Today was D-Day, or Decision-Day, however, this decision has turned out to be a bit more difficult than we had anticipated. After narrowing the list down from the dozens of emails of interest to our Top Seven, we hit a wall.
The jury is still out on who we are choosing for the "Summer-In-Iraq" expedition, but we have narrowed it down to just two. Below are the two we are choosing between and their qualifications. We apologize for the delay in our decision, however, we want to ensure we are wise about whom we bring on board, especially now since we are offering a 2% stake in the Graffiti of War Project to the person we choose.
Ken Martin: Currently the CEO of USA Cheerleaders. Ken has extensive experience in photography as well as an enormous network of fans/supporters that can only help our cause. Ken has been working with numerous other "Troop Support" Organizations and brings additional depth to this project.
1SG (ret.) Bruce Reges: 1SG is a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Diyala Province from 2007 to 2008. In addition to his exemplary military record, 1SG was attached to the State Department as an education expert as he was an adjunct Professor at Ferris State College. 1SG has a background in art as well as knowledge of the theater of operations.
This...is the "Wall" we hit. We are working on the decision and hope to have made a final decision as to whom we will be offering this opportunity to by tomorrow everning, no later than 10 pm EST. We are also working on additional opportunities that might save us from making this decision, we are determining whether we might be able to take them both. This is still in the early stages of development but could be a real answer to this conundrum. We will keep you all posted.
In the meantime, please feel free to send us your questions, comments and suggestions and any ideas you may have for the project and our upcoming expedition to Kuwait & Afghanistan. We also only have a few days left in our campaign to raise the needed funds and are short of less than $2,000. Please let your friends, family, co-workers, everybody and anybody know about our project, foundation and our upcoming excursion to Southwest Asia. If we do choose to take them both, we will have additional funding to secure and we hope to count on our fans and supporters to join us in finding a way. Thank you all for what you have done, continue to do and all the support you offer us. Our gratitude is beyond words.
Jaeson "Doc" Parsons
To Our Generous Fans and Supporters:
Today, as it is already past midnight EST, is our final day to offer the internship opportunity. We have received quite a list of interested fans and many of them are more than qualified to be considered for this opportunity. This has made our decision one of great difficulty and continues to keep the judges up at night, but we staff members don't get much sleep anyway.
We have narrowed the running down to theTop 7 and I am going to list them here, on this update/blog posting. This still could change; we are still accepting interested entries until 7 pm EST. At which time, we will stop the flood of entries and begin our final deliberations. So, to be clear, we are listing our Top 7 as of March 23rd. However, we are still accepting new entries and thus a new entry could change the course of the list and we could very well have a late and surprising finish, so stay tuned and spread the word to anyone you feel is crazy errr...I mean interested enough to apply. (Just a JOKE, please no hate mail, I was merely kidding, we, the staff at the Graffiti of War, don't believe that our intern candidates are crazy at all, otherwise we would be crazy too, and that is just plain crazy!)
Here is the Top SE7EN Candidates as of March 23rd 2011 (no particular order all candidates listed have an equal chance of winning)
1.) Joe McLaughlin: A Chicago native and veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Joe has been an early and staunch supporter of the Graffiti of War Project & Foundation. His military service record is impeccable and is a deciding factor in placing him in the top 7.
2.) 1SG (Ret.) Bruce L. Reges: A retired 1SG and veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom serving in the Diyala Province during the surge. He was also attached to the State Department as an Education expert and assisted in humanitarian efforts for Iraqi children. His exceptional military service and background as an Art Professor at Ferris State College is a deciding factor in placing him in the top 7.
3.) Ken Martin: CEO and Founder of USA Cheerleaders, Ken has extensive photography experience and brings additional networking and project ideas to include a joint calendar effort while in country. His photography and networking potential is a deciding factor in placing him in the top 7.
4.) Andrea C. Sandoval: Former Sergeant First Class and veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom awarded the Bronze Star. She owns her own photo and design business (Sandoval/Hansen Photo & Design) and has extensive photography experience including combat photography. Her exceptional military record and photography experience is a deciding factor in placing her in the top 7.
5.) DeOndre J. Bonds: Veteran and former combat medic he is currently serving our nation as a ROTC candidate for the Georgia National Guard and attends school full time. His background as a combat medic and military service is a deciding factor in placing him in the top 7.
6.) Inge Bakker: Civilian and a native of Amsterdam, Netherlands, she is currently an expert in administrative and coordination operations. In addition she is very active in US Troops Support Organizations such as "Tell Them Thanks". Her networking potential and coordination and administrative skills are a deciding factor in placing her in the top 7.
7.) Stephen Quarles: Currently a Staff Sergeant in the US Army. He is a veteran of both Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. He has an exceptional military record and has extensive combat experience. His exemplary military qualifications are a deciding factor in placing him in the top 7.
Well, that is our list, and what a list it is. We are honored to have such amazing and exceptional candidates for our choosing. We would like to thank all of those who applied and wish them the best of luck in their future endeavors; however, we had to make cuts to get to this point. That being said, this decision will be made very carefully, taking into account a wide range of abilities, skills and overall benefits that each candidate brings to the table. In addition, although this slot was advertised as an "unpaid" internship opportunity, we will be offering a 2% stake in the project to the winner of this campaign. Now, this might be 2% of $1,000 or if the book does really, really well, then it could be 2% of $1 million. It all depends of the success of this project. Take it as it stands, we have no idea what the final outcome of the book will be and we will be donating a large portion of the proceeds which the 2% will come out after we make the donation, warfighter's first, then the staff gets paid if and only if there is any left.
As I stated before, we will be continuing to offer this opportunity to new candidates until 7 pm EST. At which we will close the opportunity and then begin our deliberations. We will make our final decision at 9 pm EST. Thank you all for your willingness to support this project, to assist in our need for an intern/partner and we wish you all good luck for, well, for today!
Jaeson "Doc" Parsons
Director, Project Operations
The Graffiti of War Project
Photo Courtesy of James S.
After reading some of the comments on the blog post we did on Sunday regarding the "Internship Campaign", I think I need to address some problems and issues that have arisen and clarify some things about the project, the staff and our trip in late May.
First, the Internship Campaign. We have decided to open the opportunity up for females interested in this opportunity. That being said, this opportunity is an opportunity WE created. Not an opportunity we were given. This project was created by US and WE make the decisions. Why? Because we are up all hours of the night working hard at it, racking our brains trying to make opportunities for this project. Spending thousands of dollars to ensure the success of this project, sacrificing time with family and friends, putting our money and our time where our mouths are. And that is how it should be, I am not complaining, but I want our supporters and fans know that because of this, we make the decisions on what, when and where we should go, who goes with and well you get the point. We appreciate the help we have received, whether through donations, time given, work completed and we are doing our best to make sure everything we do is above the standards of others. I wanted to go with a male companion, not because I feel women can't handle it, I know they can do most everything as good or better than a man, I was raised by a very strong, single mother. Also not because I think that I am God's gift to women and that they would fall over themselves to try to have me, on the contrary, I actually have issues with self-esteem and I question why my wife would be with someone as unattractive and "used up" as I am. I wanted a male companion to travel with me because I am more comfortable with a man, that's it, nothing more. That being said, we have heard the roar of the women and have opened this up to their gender as to ensure we are fair.
We have received comments about why we are not paying people for this internship campaign and that we are taking advantage of people because of that. Well, than all of us on the staff of this project and being taken advantage of. None of us are being paid. Let me say that, one more time, NONE OF US ARE BEING PAID. In fact, all of us have spent hundreds, thousands of our own miniature fortunes (some more miniature than others), with no guarantee of any type of return. We all believe in this project, want to see it through and are dedicated to ensuring that happens. Not for fame, not for some huge paycheck, but because we want to show a different, unique perspective of what has happened and continues to happen over there. Ultimately, we want to use the funds from the sale of the book, if that happens, to fund the Graffiti of War Foundation to help veterans, service members and their families cope and heal from PTSD. This is our paycheck, to make a difference, to leave a mark and change the world just that little bit before we all move on to the next world.
Some of you may say, "Well what about Maxim and your blogging for them?" I am glad you asked that question. Maxim is NOT paying us in any way. They are not paying us per word, they are not paying us per click, they are not paying us ANYTHING. What they are giving us is exposure, which is worth more than money to us. The more we are in the eyes of those who can help make a difference with us, the better our chances at completing this project are. So, we are very sorry we can't pay the intern candidate, however, since none of us are getting paid, you are in good company.
I hope this clears some issues up and if you have any other issues, concerns and questions please feel free to contact us, comment on this blog or send us a message on Facebook. If you would like to simply post hateful comments, save your hate for somewhere that would listen, try Nazi's R Us or something like that. We appreciate constructive criticism, questions and concerns, however, you don't have to say "I hope you die under a bridge" to get your point across. Thank you to all of our fans and supporters, we appreciate every penny you donate and every effort you give, we are truly grateful beyond words could express.
I have reposted the requirements for the "Internship Campaign" in the document. We are taking ALL genders, races, colors, creeds, sexual orientations, religions, cat lovers, dog lovers, turtle lovers Everyone except for ages under 21. Please do not take our choice of 21 and up as a slight towards the younger fans, however, I would prefer to have someone with just a bit of life experience and the ability to have a couple drinks before and after our trip. Thank you for your interest and Good Luck!
Jaeson "Doc" Parsons
Want to Support The Troops and Veterans with something a bit more impacting than a “ribbon magnet” but not sure how? Digging through your old couch and got a fortune of change to get rid of?
WE CAN HELP!!
We need your $2 to ensure the success of our project, The Graffiti of War. Doc and a yet to be determined partner, are heading to Kuwait and Iraq this summer to document art created by service members, civilians and local nationals before it is lost forever. These images, snapshots in time of our generations conflict give a unique glimpse into the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Our book, The Graffiti of War, gives a new insight and provides an experience through the eyes of those who endured these conflicts never before seen. We need YOUR help to ensure the success of this project. If we can get 2,000 people to donate $2 our funding needs are accomplished. What other cause do you know that can give you the satisfaction of knowing you made a difference for mere couch change? Go to www.tinyurl.com/GofWSummerInIraq to donate your days’ worth of McDonald’s cheeseburgers fund and truly make a difference in this project.
Our content and blog will be a feature on Maxim.com's home page and in their upcoming "Military" tab. We will be chronicling our journey from start to finish, interviewing troops and local nationals and offering sneak-peeks at the images we are collecting to publish later this year. Through your donation of $2, we can ensure the success of this trip, for just half the price of a coffee at Starbucks, you can help us see this through to the very end and be a part of this culturally significant project, The Graffiti of War.
If you would like to donate more, we offer rewards for donations of $25 and up, but we accept as little as $2, so please donate today and help us spread awareness of our troops that suffer from the silent wounds of war, PTSD
Below is our newest video, created by the Graffiti of War Project staff. This video is a bit shorter in length than the previous one and features "Survivor Guilt" by Rise Against from their new album, End Game. We hope you like the video and we encourage you to voice your opinions on our work. Feel free to post your comments, questions and ideas about the video as well as our project.
Please share this video with your friends, family, everyone and anyone. We have provided the link to the video on YouTube as well as the HTML code to embed this video on your website and Facebook page. The more people we can get to join us in spreading the word, the better this project will be. YouTube Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qzvOJkrJPL8HTML Code For Video Embed:
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Always Forward!Jaeson "Doc" Parsons
Dear Faithful Supporters,
normally don't blog solely about our needs in terms of funds, however, time is running out and we are far from meeting the funding needs of this project. To update those of you who might have been away for a bit or for the benefit of our newest fans, I will briefly explain the state of affairs.A
s you know, we are traveling to Kuwait and Iraq this summer after attending the GI Film Festival in Washington D.C. in early May. We will be leaving in the last few days of May and we are not planning on returning until late July or early August at the latest. Since we will be embedding with US troops our costs are minimal when you consider what we are accomplishing which is basically a tour of the bases of Kuwait and Iraq, courtesy of CIPC. Most media organizations spend hundreds of thousands of dollars to achieve this goal; we are doing it on merely $6,000 to $7,000. This includes air travel, equipment costs, insurance premiums for 60 days, miscellaneous costs associated with the travel to include hotels while we are still in the states preparing for travel, meals not included during our embed process, other incidental costs that may arise while we are conducting our missions. The lion share of the costs comes in the form of our airfare. Four one-way tickets to Kuwait City, Kuwait are anything but cheap. The reason they have to be one-way is due to our need for date flexibility on our return flight, in case we are delayed in our departure out of country. We also cannot opt for discount fares due to that same required flexibility. W
e are exploring options to include contacting airlines such as United, American and Emirates to discuss whether they would like to provide these tickets at no-cost for publicity and to help a good cause. As much as I would like to rely on this, it is irresponsible for me to not have contingency plans and several of them at that. If any of our fans/supporters believe they may be able to help in our negotiations with these airlines, or other airline companies, please let us know, we are all ears. A
s far as equipment is concerned, there are certain requirements that we must comply to, such as body armor, helmets, etc. We are working on borrowing some of these items from our personal contacts and we also would offer this as a solution that our fans might be able to help with. WVU, my university, has offered the use of their camera for our trip and we are considering this offer, if the terms are right and we are held harmless to any and all damage that may arise for such an expedition. If they agree to the terms, this will slash our funding needs by at least 10%. However, we must prepare contingency plans in the event it falls through. I
nsurance costs are something we cannot get around and basically just have to pay it. On average, we are looking at $500 for 60 days of coverage, which is multiplied by two for our intern/travel partner. We also will be providing all the equipment and required safety attire for our intern/travel partner, which also raises the costs of travel. S
o, as you can see, we are not by any means being paid for one day of travel to Kuwait and Iraq. The entire budget of $7,000 will be devoted to what I detailed above and more. None of which involves payment to myself, our partners, intern/travel partner or staff. We just want to ensure this is made clear and that we will be submitting our expenses upon our return for our supporters to view, to remain transparent in our activities. W
e have 19 days left on the Kickstarter campaign, and we have raised $2,187 in total funds. We also have raised almost $700 through our raffle campaign taking place in the Boston area. In addition to all of that, we have $620 in the foundation bank account, with $500 of that being a single donation by one of our dedicated supporters, Greg Love. It is through individuals such as Justin Pierce and RangerBoy ADC who both increased their original pledges as well as Greg and DJ Slipstream who have donated a large amount, to those such as Kitty Owens who pledged $5, we appreciate any amount, large or small, because it shows us that we are not the only ones who believe in this project and it encourages us to continue to struggle forward and never give up. We are asking you, I am asking you personally, to help us raise the funds we need to complete this trip. I assure you I will NOT give up and if it takes me covering the costs and coughing up $4,000, I will. I hope I won't have to, I believe we have the support we need to achieve this goal. I believe that our fans and supporters will dig deep and show their support either by helping to spread the word of our needs, or by giving from their heart, whether it is $2 or $200, we appreciate any support, any amount or any type you, our generous fans, are willing to provide. W
e are asking for your help, your support in funding this project. We need your pledges to ensure the success of this project. Travis, SSG D., Mel and I can only do so much, we are only capable of so much, and we need your help in covering down on what is needed to complete this culturally significant project. Please, there is only so much time left, 19 days, we need your help, your willingness to pledge that support, whether in monetary terms or through exposure, we need, desperately need your help. Will you join us? Will you stand with us and pledge with us? The Graffiti of War Project Kickstarter Fundraising Campaign:
Jaeson "Doc" Parsons
e have had some very exciting developments regarding our upcoming trip to Kuwait & Iraq this May. We will do our best to briefly explain what they are and what it all means for the Project.O
n Friday of last week, we had a conference call with Maxim Magazine regarding their interest in our project and the possibility of posting our content in the website and upcoming "Military" tab. It has been officially decided that we will be provided content, exclusively to them. This content includes our blog detailing the entire trip from Day 0 to the day we return. In addition, we will be updating our blog daily with photos of the content we collect, interviews with service members currently deployed, as well as a unique inside look into the life of our brave warfighters. We will be updating on Twitter while we are out in the field to give our followers a taste of what's to come in the blog as well as the final book. We are very excited as to the potential exposure for the project and popularity of the book. We are looking to Maxim to help us reach our goal of 10,000 fans on Facebook in 15 days. Shoot For The Stars & Hit The Moon! I know we can do it, but we must pull together!T
oday we gave a presentation to the administration of West Virginia University (Go Mountaineers!) all about the project, foundation and our goals and intentions for both. Except for minor technology issues at the beginning (time to get a new laptop) it went off without a hitch. WVU is very excited about the project and are going to be focused on getting this project some additional exposure. After Spring Break (which is next week) they will be posting on their Facebook and Twitter page, creating a press release to their state-wide contacts, as well as an article in their Alumni Magazine. We hope to garner some hometown support from them and continue to review areas in which we can increase our exposure.G
oing forward, we are pleased to see our Kickstarter Campaign continues to grow. We have come a long way, but still have some ways to go. That being said, we remain confident in our fans and supporters as well as the all-volunteer staff
that is working their A$$ES off! Speaking of which, Travis and Jeff worked all weekend at the Springfield Gun Show and managed to squeeze out an additional $600 from their efforts. They continue to work day and night, spreading the scope of our Raffle currently in full-swing on the Northeast Coast. If any of our current supporters would like to toss their hat into the ring and enter for your chance to win a 64 gig iPad, feel free to contact Travis
for details on how you can participate, terms and conditions and the date and location of the winner announcement. Even if you don't want to take your chances with that, we would appreciate any words of encouragement you can send Travis and Jeff. They have a very difficult and thankless job, marketing and fundraising, show your thanks of their efforts and give them some words of support. I have listed their emails below or you can simply click their names above.W
e hope to begin posting on Maxim.com by the end of the month or early April and certainly will update our supporters on when the exact date will be. We still have more than 2 weeks left on our Kickstarter Campaign as well as the raffle, we are about $4,000 short of the target rate of $7,000 so we need your help now more than ever! If you can't give, and we completely understand money is scarce, we could really use your help in passing our fundraising page on to those who have a bit of extra scratch and want to help a good cause. Feel free to share our information with anyone and everyone, we are all happy to discuss this project with anyone, it is our passion.W
e appreciate your patience as we continue to grow and fill in the holes of support. Our website will be undergoing some real changes and we hope to have that complete by the end of the month. Please let us know if you would like to help out, we are certain to find you a place in our organization, there is much to do and little time to do it in. Thank you to all of our generous donors, we appreciate your willingness to put your money where our mouth is! As always, feel free to post comments, questions, concerns or ideas and we will do our best to accommodate requests as quickly as we can. I will be posting again in a couple of days as we get closer to our goal of 10,000 fans and $5,000 on Kickstarter. I know we can do it, and you can help!
BTW: We will be posting the Power Point Presentation tomorrow for those who would like to pass that around to help out the cause. Feel free to send us your critiques on the PowerPoint, it will only better the project. Travis
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Jaeson “Doc” Parsons