First, the basic premise of the book (which can be found in a very streamlined new opening on the front page) is to collect images created by service members, civilians and local nationals while enduring these conflicts. These images can range from the very detailed to scratches on a porta-potty, from gut wrenching and heartfelt, to stupid as hell but funnier still. We will not be posting anything over PG-13 on this website; however, there is NO censorship in the final book, so send it regardless of the profanity. That being said please do NOT send anything that could be bad for someone's family, career, or life...because we are not interested. We are looking to showcase what it is like through the eyes of those who fight the daily battles, both in the mind and on the ground. Each generation has placed their mark in the history books, from the Spartans to Vietnam....well....this is our time, our war and we aim to give America and the world a unique glimpse into what was our world for 12-15 months (1, 2, 3.....7 tours and counting for some of you).
Now, we are currently working with the MWR, KBR and Fluor who have our posters and brochures displayed in several facilities in both theaters of war. In addition, we are working with troop support organizations (the list is under the Home tab) who have included our brochures in care packages sent downrange. We have been interviewed by the Military Times (Army, Navy, Marines & Air Force Times), local affiliates of CBS, several newspapers and we have an article coming out in BoingBoing this month. We are also working with a media organization on getting me, Doc, out to Kuwait, Iraq and Afghanistan this summer to collect images, embed with troops, and complete this project by this year. With the new foreign policy of this Administration, our time to gather these images is short...very short. If we don't act now, this year, the lion’s share of the images will be forever lost. It's our mission to NOT let that happen, but we need your help.
That leads me to the most important part of this entire project.....The Foundation. The Graffiti of War Foundation's (West Virginia registered non-profit) sole mission is to help service members, civilians and veterans, through artistic creation, cope and heal from the silent wound of war.....PTSD. Above all other wounds afflicted on our brave warfighters, PTSD is by far the most frequent and the least treated and understood. We want to use the book to raise awareness and to change all of that. But, let's stay focuses on the road ahead.
Over the next few months, the travel plans to Southwest Asia will be more concrete. We are still working with organizations and individuals over the details of the trip. We have the paperwork and are filing the necessary documents to ensure the success of this new directive. However, we still need help. We need help with the costs associated with the trip. At this point, I am the sole contributor to the travel and I am NOT a person of means. I am a full-time student with a full time family of four. We need help collecting supporters, so if you are a poor student too, that is fine with us, just help us spread the word. If you know people at DOD or the Pentagon that can help us push through the red tape of embedding with troops overseas.....By All Means, let us know!!! If you have ideas, concerns, questions, comments, anything at all.....this project is open and transparent and we welcome your input. This project is a collective effort and will always be that way. This art is ours, this war is ours, and these wounds are OURS!
We have some news coming out this Friday, so keep checking back. I post on the blog, almost daily with new information, new ideas, etc, so check back often. If you do nothing else, please, please, help us spread the word. The more support we get, the better this project will be. We couldn't do this without our fans and supporters and we wouldn't want to! Thank you all for joining the fight!
Jaeson "Doc" Parsons