This documentary explores life experiences and resources for Veterans living in "The Most Beautiful Small Town in America."
In the summer of 2011 our town of 7,365 residents was named “Most Beautiful Small Town in America” by Rand McNally and USA Today. Sandpoint, Idaho: an outdoor enthusiast’s dream packed full of mountain trails, lake fishing, skiing, boating, and conservancy efforts. If you talk to any of the town-folk you’ll quickly learn that the people are super-friendly, passionate about living simply, and proud as heck to be surrounded by beauty that ignites the soul on fire. But, with all this beauty it’s easy to overlook a very important topic – the rural Veteran community.
About The Documentary
So, what is this documentary – Life After Service: North Idaho Veterans – all about, you ask? Well, as the title suggests, the documentary explores what life has been like for our rural Veteran residents after their military service has expired. But, more importantly, it will serve two purposes: First, is to help local Veterans discover resources that are available to them, connect with other Veterans, and be a platform for healing and sharing their stories. Second, is to inform the general public about who our Veteran neighbors are, what programs are available to support them, and how they give back to the community.
Why Cover This Topic?
We decided to embark on this journey for several reasons. Perhaps the most important reason is because all too often Veterans are overlooked after their service expires. There’s an unspoken expectation from society that assumes the readjustment process should be swift and easy. So many of the veterans we have communicated with have shared with us how they felt “divorced” from society after returning from their service. Furthermore, many of the vets also shared that they no longer could live in urban communities upon returning from service and that they felt compelled to live in a peaceful, low-key, and quiet environment.
We do not have a hidden agenda with this documentary. We do, however, have a sincere curiosity about the individual, after-service experiences of our local Veteran population. What are some meaningful experiences they’ve had? What aspects have been difficult that they’ve struggled with? What types of support systems do they have? What was their homecoming like? What have they learned about the readjustment process? What advice would they like to share with the soldiers returning home? What advice would they like to share with civilians? How can Veteran out-reach programs better reach vets who live in rural communities?
Our Vision For This Project
Our intention is to create an informative, healing, inspiring, and empowering documentary. We hope this documentary will show other veterans that they are not alone and there are resources and support available to them. In the same vein, we hope to educate the civilian community about the readjustment process for Veterans. Ultimately, we would like to create a platform of dialogue that can help bridge the gap from feeling separated from society to feeling adjusted to life after service.
Our goal is to reach North Idaho Veterans and community members by showing the documentary at local VFW halls, private homes, community centers, and through DVD distribution.
How Using Kickstarter Will Help Us Achieve Our Vision
Well, bottom line is our vision cannot be achieved without your help. And, in fact, your support is vital in making this project a success. We are using Kickstarter as a springboard to help make this documentary possible and we are inviting you to join our tribe that honors North Idaho Veterans and their life stories.
In order to complete this documentary and make it a success we need to raise $5,500. Your contribution will help pay for video production, post-production editing, DVD creation, and distribution costs. In all reality, this is a win-win situation: Not only do you get to feel good about contributing to an important dialogue, you also receive a fabulous reward for your contribution, AND, at the same time, we can reach-out to Veterans and community members in our mission to inform, heal, inspire, and empower. Pretty cool, huh? You should check out the rewards you’ll receive for your generous contribution! (They’re on the right side of this page.)
However, here’s the most important feature about using Kickstarter: It operates on an all-or-nothing funding model. Translated, this means that if our goal of $5,500 is not met, we receive zero funds and this important documentary does not get produced or shared with our Veterans or community members. That would be very unfortunate!
On the other hand (and this is the really awesome thing about using Kickstarter), the funding possibilities are infinite. Translated, this means that if our goal of $5,500 is met, we receive all the funds AND any additional funds raised above and beyond our initial goal. This would be really great because we would then apply all additional proceeds to starting another documentary that focuses on what life is like after service for Veterans in other rural communities throughout the northwest region.
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Your support and contribution is greatly appreciated and will not go unnoticed! Thank you for helping us to make this project a success!
If you are making a contribution, you will be directed to Amazon's payment system. If you are already an Amazon member, you simply have to log in but if not, you need to set up an account with them. Once you make your contribution, your credit or debit card WILL NOT be charged until this campaign has ended on December 12th. So, if we do not hit our goal, you will not be charged. This safeguards you from not having to be charged until you know we hit our goal and the project is 100% guaranteed!
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