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On My Own Terms: American Veterans Fighting ISIS

US Military Veteran traveling to Syria to document Americans fighting ISIS alongside the Kurdish YPG

On My Own Terms: American Veterans Fighting ISIS

US Military Veteran traveling to Syria to document Americans fighting ISIS alongside the Kurdish YPG

$615
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Funding Unsuccessful
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About

Hi, my name is Michael Starkey. I am a 33 year old veteran of the US Navy. I spent six years active duty as a Public Affairs Specialist documenting the US military's involvement during both Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. 

Many American veterans are traveling to Syria to join the Kurdish YPG, People's Protection Unit, to fight the rise of the Islamic State (IS, ISIS, ISIL), and hundreds more are planning on joining the YPG as well because they feel that they do not want the efforts of their fellow fallen soldiers in the Iraq war to be for nothing. I will travel to Syria for one year to document the front line of these battles and share the stories as they unfold.

My time in the military included more than one year in the middle east documenting various military operations and also an additional year on the ground in Afghanistan providing assistance to both the civilian and military media. I have received combat training from the US Army for both offensive and defensive situations which have provided me with the necessary experience and preparation to work as a journalist in a conflict area.

Currently I work as a Web Developer for a large New York financial firm and have years of experience as a freelance photographer and videographer in the entertainment and media sectors. I believe that my background in technology and public relations will be of value for this project. I have contacted the Kurdish YPG and have been welcomed alongside their forces to document their efforts and the US military veterans supporting them.

In order to make this project happen I need to raise raise funds for media devices, server space, and protection equipment upon my arrival in Syria. I have some film equipment but need a specific provisions for a combat environment. I have additional US citizens with military experience planning to come assist with this project so any funds received beyond my goal will go to them as well.

Feel free to reach out if you have any questions regarding my project. I do intend to use the media which I acquire to assemble a documentary and as a backer you will have access to the same material as it is shot via the internet.

Risks and challenges

Media obtained will depend on access levels which I am permitted to, so I cannot guarantee the type of content which I will produce. I have many years experience in the media field so making these connections will not be difficult for me. Please keep in mind that communication equipment may be damaged or disabled by un-predictable events. In the unlikely event that this does occur I will try my best to find additional resources to upload media.

Please note that by supporting this project you are solely supporting the documentation of the war efforts of the Kurdish YPG which contributes to the demise of the threat of IS, ISIS, ISIL, or Islamic State and to the documentation of the American Veterans who are fighting for this cause.

You are by no means contributing to the destruction of the religion of Islam. By backing this project you are in no ways making a political statement or contributing to a political cause, only to the documentation of history.

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    Access to media server with all raw imagery and high definition video taken will also be included. No copy write restrictions will be placed on any of the material but footage deemed sensitive by Kurdish YPG will not be included. You will also have access to me via email and Skype when possible to request photos, footage, and questions.

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    This will also include an invitation for 2 receptions with Q&A session in Manhattan, New York. One in early December and one in late December.

    Your name, organization, or message will be placed in all of my Media Credits as a Assistant Producer.

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