Just to keep everyone involved in the new and exciting developments happening, seemingly, every day. We had a conference call with Maxim Magazine on Friday and it was wildly successful. They are going to create a page within their website dedicated to the providing information about the project, where to go to submit your own content as well as examples of what we have at the moment. This will be inconjunction with a "call to action" on their own facebook page letting their more than 100,000 fans know about us and what we need! We all are very excited to see the response from this campaign!
Also, we are creating a new page in our website that will offer items for sale, for the benefit of the project. These items will range in price, from $ to $$$ and the proceeds will help cover the costs associated with the marketing and spread of the project ideas. The materials, shipping and other costs associated with what we are trying to accomplish have become overwhelming and with the lack of donations, we needed to find a more effective way to aleviate the pressure of these costs. We hope to have this in place to coincide with the Maxim web page release.
On another front, we have finally been authorized by Fluor, the company that runs the MWRs in Afghanistan to disply our brochures in select facilities across this theater of war. We now have a presence in Iraq and Afghanistan and this could not come at a better time. We would like to thank our contacts at Fluor, KBR, the DOD and officals at the MWR for providing us with this exciting opportunity. For those of you that have family, friends, or neighbors that are getting ready for deployment, please let them know they can find our brochures at their local MWR facilities.
As things progress we will keep all of your informed. We would like to thank everyone that has taken part in bringing this project that much closer to success: Maxim Magazine; Army Times; Karilynn Galiotos, WDTV Clarksburg (CBS); Nadine Gulit, Operation-Support-Our-Troops.org; Andi Grant, GivetotheTroops.com; Keith Jeffreys, United States Veterans' Artist Alliance; The War Experience Project; Joshua Burns, The War Project; and our more than 400 fans who spread the word about our project everyday; and last but MOST important, our selfless, sacrificing War Fighters across the globe who everyday put their life on the line so we don't have to! God Bless them and bring them home to us safe!
We published our new logo tonight. Our goal is to have this printed on several items, primarily things that our troops deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan can actually use. The first one is going to be a pocket notepad. If you are an NCO, you're nodding your head and saying, "Yep." We're also looking at things like water bottles, coffee mugs and t-shirts.
Unfortunately, these things don't come cheap. This is where our fans and supporters come into play: Use the paypal link on our home page and donate some cash to help us pay for this. Doc and SSG D have been fronting a lot of dough out of our own pockets, and we're kind of strapped. Help us out! Your tax-deductible donation will help pay for printing and postage, and also bring us one step closer to turning this into an actual book of images submitted by Veterans. Never forget that this is project is about YOU, the Combat Veteran.
Doc Parsons was interviewed on WDTV, Channel 5 news last weekend. Here's the video:
We have some exciting news to report regarding the progress of the project.
First and most exciting is our new partnership with MWR and KBR. For the last six weeks I have been negotiating with MWR and its operational parent, KBR, to market our project to deployed Servicemembers in Iraq and Afghanistan. As of this morning, they have agreed to assist us by placing our brochures in their overseas facilities. We are absolutely ecstatic with this giant leap forward; the acceptance of MWR lends us a considerable amount of legitimacy. I am still working out the details regarding the number of facilities we can reach, however, I am confident that this will significantly improve our exposure to the brave men and women serving our country overseas.
This agreement comes on the heels of the increased amount of attention we have been receiving from the news media. Just a few days ago, the Army Times expressed a real interest in the project and have agreed to speak with us early next week. The journalist who contacted us "loves" our website and the project goals. We are excited to see where this will take us.
In addition, Maxim Magazine confirmed their continued interest in detailing our project and "call to action" in their Circus Maximus section in their magazine. Keep your eyes open for it to be available in early 2011. Maxim was our very first supporter, and their belief in our project has been incredibly encouraging over the last several months. Although these new developments are exciting, we still feel that Maxim has the most potential to spread word of this project to the largest audience.
Finally, last week I was approached by a local CBS reporter about an filming a project summary to be shown during their nightly news broadcast. The reporter contacted me earlier today to confirm a time for the interview. We hope to complete this by next week and expect a broadcast a few days later. We will post the video online and link to it here and on our Facebook page.
While all this has been happening, we have been solidifying partnerships and support from different organizations. Many of them have agreed to include our brochures in the care packages they send overseas. Several of these organizations have been with us from almost the very beginning and we are very grateful for their faith and early support. We encourage all of our supporters to use the links in our Friends section to visit their sites. Their cause IS our cause.
We will continue to post updates here and on Facebook, check in often to see if we have any new photos or links to news articles. As always, we will continue to need your support to advance this project by word of mouth, by emailing your friends, and by emailing us your photos and the stories behind them. As our marketing increases, we will need more funding to send out brochures and buy advertisements or other promotional materials.
Thank you all for your faith, advice and encouragement. We would not be where we are now without all of your contributions; without your continued support this project will never be complete.
Jaeson "Doc" Parsons
9 October 2010