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A stunning photo book of true images depicting veterans, their struggles, families, commitment and service. These are their stories.
A stunning photo book of true images depicting veterans, their struggles, families, commitment and service. These are their stories.
855 backers pledged $70,000 to help bring this project to life.

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Media Update: Tune in to Fox & Friends March 10th, 2015 to see Devin Mitchell talk about the project live on air. 

Don't forget, the BEST way to follow updates regarding the book's progress is through the official social media accounts on Facebook and Instagram!

GOAL! Basic manufacturing and publishing costs have now been covered. You can still pre-order your original copy of Volume 1 before it gets pressed and bound, which will tremendously further this project. 

Lets get this project funded to 60k so that we can include veterans from all around the entire United States and not just the West Coast (which is where Brad and I live). Please head on over to our sleek new website www.veteranvisionproject.com and click on "REGISTER" if you are a military veteran and would like to be photographed. 

Media Update: The Project has been featured locally and nationally on the televised segments of CBS This Morning, Fox10 Phoenix, ABC15 Arizona and ABC7 Los Angeles.-

In August of 2014, I was thinking of ways to apply to grad school and began taking photos of veterans in their home mirrors. I would take two portraits: one in uniform, and one in clothes that the veteran felt represented their civilian self. I then composited the two photographs into one photo illustration showing the intersection of their two identities (find photos and more info here on my website). 

I was surprised when the initial images went viral and floored when mainstream media picked up the story and broadcasted it nationwide. As a result of this exposure, over the past seven months, I've teamed up with one of my best friends, Brad Ivanchan, to have the honor of photographing many veterans from all walks of life. The veterans who have participated have, in turn, helped me find even more candidates.

I’m very excited to get this project into photo book form so more people can see the amazing stories of these veterans. Also, this book is a great commemorative piece for any veteran family or household.

Since its start last summer, this project has grown from a simple photo essay into a community art project. As I've continued taking these photos and meeting with veterans, I've had requests from veterans and supporters for a chance to buy these photos in a tangible form. I've decided to oblige and create a photo book with at least a selection of 200 images from the collection.

My main goal is to raise enough money to create a hardcover, full-color photo book. If we are successful and raise more money than the original ask, I will travel to more veterans and take additional photos for the book (up to the cut-off date of the publication).

Please help support the campaign so we can create this photo book and tell the diverse stories of our veterans. 

For those who would like to see more photos of this kind and for veterans who wish to register to be photographed, please visit my official website: www.veteranvisionproject.com. You can also find this project on Instagram and Facebook

Risks and challenges

We are using a printing service that comes highly recommended. Still, there is a chance of printing delays or printing errors with large photo books. If this happens, we will send a message with details of delays to backers while working to correct the issue.

If we have a very large number of orders, delivery of the books could be delayed as a much larger printing run would be required. If this happens, we will contact backers to let them know when they will receive their books. If the number is sufficiently large, we will split the printing order into multiple orders. Backers entitled to a signed copy and early backers will receive their books from the first shipment. Later shipments will be sent out as they are available. All Kickstarter backers would still receive a first edition copy as soon as we could get it into their hands.

Regardless of what challenges we face, I am dedicated to this project and will ensure we create a quality book in a timely manner to share the stories of our veterans.

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    Project Contributor:
    Thank you for supporting this project! Every little bit helps to tell our veteran's stories. You will be added to our mailing list so you can witness our progress toward telling the stories of these amazing veterans!

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    Special Contributor:
    Your name will be listed on our website's page of special contributors so people can see that you were part of the Veteran Vision Project. You will also be added to our mailing list so you can witness our progress toward telling the stories of these amazing veterans!

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    Challenger:
    Thank you for supporting us! To prove your awesomeness to others, we'll send you a Veteran Vision Project challenge coin and add your name to our special backer list and our mailing list.

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    Poster Fan:
    Support us at this level and you'll receive an 18x24 glossy poster of image 13 from the collection, Brad Ivanchan. Also, your name will be added to our contributor's wall on our website's designated page and you will receive monthly updates via your email.

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    Digital Partner:
    Thank you! You will receive the ebook version of the Veteran Vision Project photo book along with our gratitude. We will also add your name to our Veteran Vision Project supporter page and our mailing list.

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    Photo Book Print Partner:
    Thank you so much! We will send you a first edition hardcover copy of the Veteran Vision Project photo book filled with at least 200 selected images from the collection. We'll also add your name to the backer page and send you updates on the project.

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    Signed Supporter:
    Thank you! We'll send you a signed, first edition hardcover copy of the photo book and add you to the list of backers on the website. You'll also receive a Veteran Vision Project challenge coin and receive updates about the project in your email.

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    Proud Sponsor:
    Thank you! You will receive the Veteran Vision Project photo book as both an ebook and a signed, hardcover first edition. Also, your name will be placed on our website's list of backers, and you'll receive a Veteran Vision Project challenge coin and be added to our mailing list.

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    Package Deal:
    Thank you! You will receive the Veteran Vision Project photo book as both an ebook and a signed, hardcover first edition, and a Veteran Vision Project challenge coin. You will also receive a poster of image #13 from the collection, signed and with a message from the veteran, Brad Ivanchan, himself. Also, your name will be placed on our website's list of backers and you will be able to join our mailing list.

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    Shutterbug:
    Thank you so much! Your generosity will launch us toward our goal for producing this photo book and telling the stories of our veterans! In addition to our heartfelt gratitude, you'll get a two-hour photos session with myself as the photographer! A mirror story is very much an option, regardless of your veteran status, but you call the shots! You'll also get a signed copy of the photo book, the ebook, a Veteran Vision Project challenge coin, and a signed poster.
    *Note: Does not include air travel, accommodations or intercity transport for photographer or contributor.

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    Honorary Curator:
    Thank you so much! Your generosity will launch us toward our goal for producing this book and telling the stories of our veterans. Your name will be placed on a special page in the book (and website) along with a message of your choosing (subject to our review and approval). You'll also receive a signed hard cover photo book and poster, an ebook, and a Veteran Vision Project challenge coin will be delivered to you. You will also have the option of receiving all benefits not mentioned here in the "Shutterbug" reward level for the personalized photoshoot.
    *Note: Does not include air travel, accommodations or intercity transport for photographer or contributor.

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