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Need to raise $ 2,700 to fund my (5th) trip to Afghanistan. Am already accepted by ISAF to embed with 1st MEF (Fwd) for more 'boots-on-the-ground"

I'm looking to raise $ 2,700 to fund a trip (my 5th) to Afghanistan. I'm an author, journalist, and independent (read: freelance) foreign correspondent who writes on current events: - which in the last few years has brought me to Beirut, Iraq (4x), GTMO, Afghanistan (4x) and was in Haiti following the earthquake.

I'm already accepted to embed with 1st MEF (Marine Expeditionary Force) Fwd, to write a "boots-on-the-ground" series, and the Marines will push me out into Helmand-Nimroz-Farah Provinces. This is a critical time in the war; Mr. Obama's staked considerable prestige on tripling American troop strength in order to give Karzai's government a chance to succeed.

As a photojournalist with considerable embed experience, I'll be out on the front lines with our Marines as they deal with Taliban, locals, and Afghan government officials. My writing is totally non-political. I'll be writing 2-3 stories weekly, plus gathering info for a piece on US military counterinsurgency tactics

Funds are needed for R/T airfare, and misc. expenses in A'stan. Length of embed approx 6 weeks; mid-May thru end June. I already own my own flak, kevlar, boondockers, and other equipment.

But the first step is getting there, and with the economy in the tank, corporate and other sponsorship has dried up - I need your help in travelling to Afghanistan in order to document what our brave young men and women are doing!

Please feel welcome to email me with any questions or comments you might have; I'm at ajlubin@earthlink.net.

Thanks so much for your support!
Andrew

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    Everyone who pledges up to $ 19 recieves a personalized thank-you note as a sign of my appreciation for your assistance!

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    1 - For every pledge, I'll sign and mail a copy of my award-winning book "Charlie Battery; A Marine Artillery Battery in Iraq" (2007 Gold Medal Winner Militry Writers Society of America) 2 - PLUS: for every pledge over $ 50.00, I'll send minimum 2x week an email sitrep of what I'm encountering when embedded (in addition to a signed copy of "Charlie Battery")

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    Lunch or drinks with me (my tab) upon my return -so long as you're in the New York-Philadelphia area - for a personalized report. Plus book, plus email sit-reps while I'm deployed!

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    Dinner & drinks with me (my tab) upon my return for a personalized report plus an Afghan battle-rug -so long as you're in the New York-Philadelphia area - Plus book, plus email sit-reps while I'm deployed. If you're not in NY-Philly, I'll mail you the battle-rug

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