I posted an update on Kickstarter.com detailing the options we have and I will briefly indulge our supporters that haven't had a chance (shame on you) to visit our page on Kickstarter. If indeed the unnamed media organization decides, in our favor, we have mountains of paperwork and requests to file with DOD but our staff, (the 4 of us there is) can handle this busy work with a smile. This, obviously, is our best option and we remain confident that the organization in question will decide in our favor. However, we need to prepare for the alternative.
That being said, our loyalty to this particular media organization limits the depth to which we can investigate alternatives prior to the official decision. Some may think that our loyalty puts us at a disadvantage if in fact the decision is not in our favor. We, on the other hand, disagree and believe that this project's loyalty to the organization is one of the facets that will provide for a favorable decision. This organization has been an avid support of this project, from the beginning, when our idea was just that and nothing more. Now that we have grown into a cultural movement, we feel this also pushes the scale in our favor.
Now, if the winds of fate blow in another direction, the trip to Southwest Asia is not, by any means, reduced to rubble. We do have options, but this is where the work spread from our desks and brains to ALL of our desks and brains. We MUST have the help and support of a large portion of our fans and supporters. According to Facebook, we have breached through 1,700 fans. If 1/3 of our fans, even 1/4 of our supporters put in some work, we can and will achieve success in our endeavor to travel to the areas of operation we desire.
You may ask, "But Doc, what do you mean by 'work'?" I know many of our supporters are not financially able to provide in that manner. Don't worry, that isn't what I mean by work. That is one of the reasons we launched the Kickstarter campaign and that has gone so much better than I had predicted. What I do mean is if we are to persuade prospective sponsors we will need all of the help we can get to a) persuade them of the merits behind the project and foundation and b) fully explain the lack of alternatives in capturing the images by this summer (2011). To do this, we will need people to write emails, letters, etc to media organizations, troop support organizations and more to ensure we get the exposure we need to accomplish our goal.
Nothing is impossible, remember that. They said it was impossible in 1776 but our Forefathers did it. They said it was impossible in 1850, but President Lincoln did it in 1863. They said it was impossible in 1932 but FDR said the only thing we had to fear was fear itself and we pushed through and WE did it. They said D-Day was impossible, but WE did it. Nothing is impossible and though the previous examples are far more important than this project, we really don't know what may become of it, who knows. So, stick with us, we need your continued support more than ever. We will never give up, that is a promise, we hope you won't give up on us and help us serve those who serve us.
Jaeson "Doc" Parsons