However, we still have a long road ahead of us. We are going live on Kickstarter.com this week (hopefully) and will have some new multimedia items to post on the website and Facebook page. We hope these new videos will further enhance our ability to raise awareness for the project and our new directive, to send me to Kuwait, Iraq and Afghanistan for the summer of 2011. By using Kickstarter, we hope to raise the funds we need to pay for the travel costs associated with the directive as well as raising additional money to pay for continued presence at MWR facilities throughout both areas of operation and to generally keep this project alive.
In addition, to the above, we will be posting the non-profit certificate this month to the website. Although many of our non-profit partners do not display this, we want to be as transparent as possible. As I stated earlier, we are a registered non-profit with the State of West Virginia and we are currently pursuing this status on the Federal level but since we do not plan to raise more than $25,000 in the near-term, our status in WV is sufficient. We will also be posting new designs to the merchandise page and revamping the actual page shown on our website completely to make it easier to navigate through and view all of our products. Once again, the funds raised by the sale of these products will go directly to fund and support all aspects of the project to include: the Soldier-On-Assignment Campaign, the general marketing campaign ("Call to Action") which needs brochures, posters, etc to continue to generate interest among our brave men and women deployed overseas, as well as the new directive ("Send Doc to War") campaign.
Keep an eye on our Causes to Support page, as we will be updating that with new links that matter. As tax time approaches and the deadline looms, our more wealthy supporters should take a look at this page to do some last minute write-offs and keep your hard-earned money from the hands of the super-villain we call the IRS. There are many to choose from and all of them are 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charities.
Don't forget to check out the new "Featured Partners" page just under the Home tab. This page will feature our more distinguished partners and those that share our concern for America's warfighter and those who must endure the horrors of conflict. On the page you can find out more about those partners, what they do and how you can be a part of what they are doing through their website. We encourage all of our fans and supporters to go and check them out. Just to be upfront, we are NOT in any way earning anything by referring to their websites, unless you count Karma as "stated income". So, go check them out, it is worth a few minutes of your time.
We have a lot of tap this week, so keep your eyes and more importantly, your web browsers stuck on our pages. We appreciate all the work our supporters have done over the course of the last few days and over the past 9 months. As I always say, but it’s worth repeating, this project would not be what it is at this moment, and what it will be in the months to come, if it wasn't for each and every one of our loyal supporters. Our gratitude cannot be overstated. Thank you, a thousand times, thank you.
Jaeson "Doc" Parsons