Coming Back with Wes Moore
Coming Back with Wes Moore
A new documentary series telling the stories of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans, and their experiences readjusting to life at home.
A new documentary series telling the stories of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans, and their experiences readjusting to life at home. Read more
About this project
COMING BACK WITH WES MOORE
America has been at war for more than 12 years, first in Iraq and then in Afghanistan. By the close of 2014, all combat operations for Afghanistan will cease, marking the end of our nation's longest continuous period of war.
No matter what our personal politics may be as to why they deployed, more than 2.6 million soldiers have served in Iraq and Afghanistan since the events of 9/11. These men and women have, and will continue to have, a profound impact on American society for decades to come.
We want to tell their stories. Please support us in creating a national dialogue that will continue to have an impact beyond this series.
With your tax-deductible contribution, we'll be able to help the public understand that the fight does not end when our veterans come home.
Hosted by combat veteran and New York Times bestselling author Wes Moore, Coming Back will dive in headfirst with a diverse group of veterans. We'll be with them through their ups and downs, going beyond the statistics and stereotypes to get as much of the whole story as we can. The men and women who make up our series are all veterans who are at various stages of navigating the very complicated process of what to do with their lives post-service.
We have some powerful stories to share with you, and we hope that you'll support us in creating a deeper understanding of what our veterans face and conquer when they come back.
WHAT WE HOPE TO ACCOMPLISH
- Foster a national consciousness about our veteran issues.
- Tell the personal stories of returning veterans and service members.
- Celebrate the victories of veterans who are continuing to create meaningful service.
- Humanize the struggles of our returning veterans and their families.
- Create an ongoing movement of concerned citizens who can and will make meaningful, sustainable change.
Our production team is headed by executive producers Joel Olicker, Molly Fowler, and Wes Moore--who is also our host and inspiration for doing this project.
We've been traveling all over the country documenting the most incredible stories. Along the way, we've met a diverse array of inspiring people--men and women who have opened our eyes to the very complicated process of what it's like to come back.
One of the veterans you'll meet is Bobby Henline, a burn survivor of an IED blast in Iraq who is working to heal himself and others through stand-up comedy. You'll also get up close and personal with Representative Tammy Duckworth of Illinois' 8th Congressional District. She is the first female double amputee from the Iraq War, and she still serves in the Illinois National Guard to this day.
We'll also be working closely with Stacy Pearsall, a veteran combat photographer whose military service took her to over 40 countries, including the front lines in Iraq and Afghanistan. Stacy will be creating portraits of each of the veterans in our series to be a part of her ongoing Veterans Portrait Project. Click here to see Wes' portraits by Stacy!
WHY WE NEED YOUR HELP
As U.S. forces begin to fully withdraw from Afghanistan next year, our country will be welcoming home this group of extraordinary men and women. They have a long road ahead of them with their reintegration process, and our support must be alongside them. To understand their service means understanding their entire service--in and out of the war zones. Coming Back gives viewers a full perspective of their achievements, their struggles, and their lives as a whole.
For us to do that, we need your support. We're committed to hearing what these veterans have to say and truly seeing how they live. We're filming in Denver, Los Angeles, Charleston, Baltimore, and Indianapolis--just to name a few, and we've still got a ways to go.
We are lucky enough to have received grants from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting’s Diversity and Innovation Fund and from PBS, but we need to raise additional funding to complete the series. Right now, we're looking to raise a total of $250,000 through a combination of sponsorships, grants..... and Kickstarter!
So this is where you come in! We are hoping to raise at least $50,000 on Kickstarter to help us carry the impact of this series past the air date. The funds will go towards building community engagement, and creating a deeper understanding of the issues for the public.
We've come up with what we think are some exciting rewards to express our gratitude for your support. All of your contributions are tax-deductible, as we have partnered with Filmmakers Collaborative as our 501(c)3 fiscal sponsor.
This is an opportunity to be a part of a production that will create a national dialogue, and we need you!
HOW YOU CAN HELP
Please remember, Kickstarter campaigns are ALL OR NOTHING — we don’t receive a dime unless we meet our entire goal during our project window.
1. JOIN & CONTRIBUTE Join the Coming Back Team and pick your contribution level and reward on the right.
2. SHARE & ENGAGE Help us share our story. Spread the word face-to-face or via Facebook, Twitter, email and more.
3. PARTICIPATE Do you know of other ways to get the word out about our Kickstarter campaign? E-mail Emily Chou at firstname.lastname@example.org
As a sign of our appreciation and greatest thanks for your support, we've put together some special rewards that we think you'll like. We're especially excited to be able to offer copies of Wes' own memoir, The Other Wes Moore, as well as Stacy Pearsall's stunning photography books. You can get Stacy's practical techniques, guidance, and inspiration needed to succeed in photojournalism--all based on her own experience as a combat photographer--from A Photojournalist's Field Guide:
You also have the option of getting a copy of Stacy's collection of war photography, Shooter: Combat from Behind the Camera. Shooter is a visual portrait of war--the perseverance, heroism, and survival--narrated through stunning photographs and powerful essays by Stacy herself.
Take a look to your right, and you'll see all the other special rewards we've put together for you. Every little bit of support helps, and we are excited to get started on delivering!
A COMING BACK SNEAK PEEK!
Let us know what you think! We'd love to hear from you. And...
Risks and challenges
There are many risks and challenges to any documentary project, and we're certainly no exception:
WILL WE FINISH? We are working crazy hours and putting maximum effort into making sure that we do. As with many documentaries that follow the lives of real people, one of our biggest challenges is being able to work around our veterans' schedules and events. That's why we need to raise enough funds so we have the flexibility to allow our crew to be there when life happens.
WILL WE REACH A WIDE AUDIENCE?
That's a risk we're willing to take. How will we make sure that people will be able to watch our documentary series? Well, we're lucky that PBS will be airing our series across the country (check your local listings!). But we'll still be tackling the challenge of making sure that people know about this, and getting people engaged in the issues. We have a plan in place.
WILL WE MAKE A DIFFERENCE?
One of our biggest goals is to kickstart (if you will) a national conversation about the issues veterans face when they come back home. And we're hoping that the stories we're telling and the amazing individuals we will introduce you to will help bring that about. But we'll need your help to get the word out!
Our team is composed of experienced and talented folks who have been telling stories and putting their all into creating documentaries for a long, long time. We're up for the challenge, but we just need your support to help us make it to the finish line! So THANK YOU!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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