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A news outlet and community that will use today’s voices as a means to bring yesterday's wars alive through multimedia storytelling.
Non-profit news using today’s voices to bring yesterday's wars alive through multimedia storytelling.Your tax-deductible donations drive our storytelling: bit.ly/1WhNpSZ
Non-profit news using today’s voices to bring yesterday's wars alive through multimedia storytelling.Your tax-deductible donations drive our storytelling: bit.ly/1WhNpSZ
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But What If We Raise More Than Our Goal?

Thanks to the generous support of our backers, we have reached our goal.

The same rules apply for EVERY dollar we raise over $50,000. 

100% of ALL money raised goes toward our storytelling. That means we can publish more stories. It also means we can file grant applications to help ensure longevity. Every $1 helps. If you're not on our list of backers, we hope you'll join us!

Our Last 48 In Less Than 48

Thanks for all of the support that's gotten us this far. See what we've accomplished since we launched our Kickstarter and back us to help us reach our goal! 

100% of Donations Used For TWO Things:

      - To begin profiling Post-9/11 KIA as soon as May
      - Grant writing to sustain future operations and growth

Got Questions? Ask Us Anything!

Let us address your questions, concerns, and/or criticisms. Join our Facebook Ask Us Anything Event!

Our Site. Your Stories.

We will never agree on war. That doesn't mean we shouldn't have the conversation. We want to create a community where people can share their stories from war and from home - both military and civilian, pro-war and anti-war alike - in a constructive manner. 

We hope you will help us document Post-9/11 conflict and educate future generations like never before. And 100% of your money pledged to our project will go toward our stories. Yes, you read that correctly, 100% No paychecks. No overhead. Just stories. 

All donations made to our Kickstarter campaign are tax-deductible through the Institute for Non-Profit News (EIN: 27-2614911). 

Read Our Story About Anthony

After you enjoy the story we've published, don't forget to back us! 

The War Horse In The News

February 5, 2016 - Nieman Reports, by Finbarr O'Reilly, Advisor on Visual Storytelling, The War Horse
February 4, 2016 - Foreign Policy Magazine, by Sebastian Bae


January 28, 2016 - Best Defense, Foreign Policy Magazine, by Thomas J. Brennan, Founder, The War Horse 
January 22, 2016 - Public Radio East, by Christopher Thomas

January 18, 2016 - Fishbowl NY, by Richard Horgan


January 3, 2016Military.com, by Hope Hodge SeckDecember 26, 2015 - The Daily News, by Michael Todd

Long-Running Arguments About War

Another one of the recent articles we've published exploring the centuries-long struggle to discuss and agree on how war should be fought. Please read the full story and don't forget to back us!

What People Are Saying

Tim Patterson - U.S. Navy Veteran of Afghanistan

   "I believe there is a real need for focused journalism on topics like the war against ISIS, veteran suicide, PTSD, the VA healthcare system, and I know Thomas Brennan personally - I think he is the ideal person to be leading this project."

David Ketron - U.S. Marine Corps Veteran, Iraq and Afghanistan

   "...You can learn more about war and how it affects all of us, loved ones, and those who have gone over themselves."


What You Can Expect From The War Horse

  • Multimedia profiles for each of the men, women, interpreters, and military working dogs killed in action since 9/11. Imagine something similar to Ancestry.com with amazing journalism. 
  • The gathering of suicide demographic data for Post-9/11 deaths among veterans. 
  • Investigative journalism focused on the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs 
  • THE place to answer the question: What is war?

War In The Classroom

We're working with The Fessenden School for an upcoming awareness campaign that will explore homelessness, suicide, prosthesis, veteran reintegration, VA healthcare, and much more. 

I've spent hours speaking with their classroom on FaceTime and they're fascinated by where their projects are heading. Guess what? We are too.

Behind Our Bylines

We've got award-winning journalists standing by to work on incredible stories in full multimedia. Their bylines have frequented these amazing outlets. 


Our Founder and Board of Advisors

Thomas Brennan: Thomas is the founder of The War Horse and an investigative journalist. Before becoming a journalist, Thomas was a sergeant in the Marine Corps and served in Iraq and Afghanistan where he was awarded the Purple Heart. He is the recipient of a 2013 Dart Award Honorable Mention and the 2014 American Legion Fourth Estate Award for his military reporting with both The Daily News in North Carolina and the New York Times.

Bruce Shapiro: Director of the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma and a professor at Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism. Bruce will serve as the Advisor on Ethics and Standards.

 Kevin Cullen: A Pulitzer Prize winning investigative journalist, the author of a New York Times Best Selling book, and a Harvard Neiman. Kevin will serve as the Advisor on Editorial Content.

 BriGette McCoy: A soldier in the U.S. Army from 1987 through 1991, BriGette is an advocate for women veterans and the Founder and CEO of Women Veterans Social Justice. BriGette advocates for equal access to VA care and services, Military Sexual Trauma Policy changes and services, suicide prevention and family education, and alternative therapeutic health modalities. She will serve as the Advisor on Women's Veterans Coverage.

Finbarr O'Reilly: A World Press Photo winner formerly of Reuters. Finbarr is also a Yale World Fellow, a Harvard Neiman, and a Columbia Ochberg Fellow. Finbarr has dedicated his professional and academic careers photography and studying war and trauma. He will serve as the Advisor on Visual Storytelling.

Tahlia Burton: A U.S. Air Force veteran who served six years as a Cryptologic Language Analyst translating real-time threat warnings for numerous Special Forces. She worked with many Iraqi and Afghan refugees fleeing persecution. She will serve as Advisor on Human Rights. Tahlia is currently studying Human Rights at Columbia University and is the recipient of the Air Force Achievement Medal.

Susie Reynolds Reece: Has advocated for suicide prevention since she lost her father to suicide at the age of 10. Susie has used her experiences to serve as an advocate and volunteer for multiple groups nationwide including the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. As our Advisor on Residual Trauma, Susie will help us foster the highest ethical standards in data collection and reporting on suicide and mental health.  


Every Dollar Counts

Database and application development aren't cheap. Neither is thorough and responsible journalism. We are willing and prepared to start small and prove our worth by earning your trust, but we have a plan if we raise more than we're asking for. All donations made to our Kickstarter campaign are tax-deductible through the Institute for Non-Profit News (EIN: 27-2614911).

$50,000+ By reaching this benchmark, The War Horse will contract journalists to publish our first four (4) multimedia feature, and will hire a part-time administrative assistant.

    - $2,000: Professional memberships (IRE, NICAR, AAM, SPJ)
    - $4,000: Animations and editing for our first four stories 
    - $6,000: Media Insurance (One year) 
    - $7,500: Grant writer and administrative assistant (Four months)
    - $8,000: Photography portions for our first four stories 
    - $10,000: Video portions of our first four stories 
    - $10,000: Written portions of our first four stories 

“The best way to find out if you can trust somebody is to trust them.” 
- Ernest Hemingway

OUR ROLLOUT TIMELINE

During the last 18 months, The War Horse has been generously donated more than $205,000 in non-monetary donations such as branding, financial planning, legal assistance, logo design, 18 iMac computers, furniture, and a rent-free office space. All donations made to our Kickstarter campaign are tax-deductible through the Institute for Non-Profit News (EIN: 27-2614911). 

By helping us raise at least $50,000 you can help us accomplish the following:

  • May 2016: We will use the money raised to prepare our first four (4) long-form multimedia features and publish them weekly. This will be in addition to launching our next crowd-funding campaign that same day. We will prove our worth through our storytelling. Here's a hint at some what we're exploring:
  • September 11, 2016: The 15th anniversary of 9/11 will mark our formal launch. 

If you can help us reach our goal and change journalism around the world, please pledge. We hope you will tell your friends and help us create a place where professional and community journalism come together with a purpose - to understand the topic at hand! 

We hope you'll join us on our journey and please visit our website!

Semper Fidelis,

Thomas J. Brennan
Founder, The War Horse

***For updates on The War Horse, you can find us on Twitter or connect via our Facebook page. Sign up for our newsletter! More questions? Leave us a comment or email us to share your ideas! We'd love to hear from you so email us at contactus@thewarhorse.org


All donations made to our Kickstarter campaign are tax-deductible through the Institute for Non-Profit News (EIN: 27-2614911).


Risks and challenges

#1 - Journalism costs money. Responsible and thorough journalism is EXPENSIVE!

We know that longevity cannot be achieved through donations alone. The War Horse will use some of the money raised during this Kickstarter to contract an experienced grant writer. This will allow us to apply for grants with foundations large and small.

#2 - That's A LOT to promise! How will you do it all?

We will be patient and steadfast. Whether we raise $50,000 or $50 Million, we will release our content at a responsible and sustainable tempo while adhering to Our Standards.

#3 - Why should I believe you are non-partisan?

We were founded on the belief that all trauma is unique. Individual stories and perspectives matter. War exists because of conflicting opinions therefor if we are to understand and quantify war, all of that must be taken into account. The War Horse will publish stories about all aspects of war - corruption, wrongdoing, Human Rights, acts of valor, and varying views and opinions about war. Our Board of Advisors has been established to mentor and ensure that we are firm, yet fair in our reporting.

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    Don't starve the artists! Your donation will earn you a one-of-a-kind enhanced, numbered, and signed 12"x18" piece of original artwork created for an Echoes Project story by The Purple Heart Art Project.

    This donation will support the animation portion of a full long form multimedia profile of the U.S. Service Member, interpreter, or dog for The Echoes Project.

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    A donation of this size would sponsor one month of an internship at The War Horse and ongoing projects. The intern will be a post-graduate with a strong background in either feature writing (3), data (3), or investigative journalism (3). These interns will be immersed in not only a startup environment, but in a setting that embraces individual stories that need to be shared.

    Your generous donation will allow for us to bring on new and emerging talent while also giving a young journalist a place to thrive among stories of substance. Internships will be for 12 month periods. Our interns will be the heart and soul of our newsroom, producing content that matters and testing their limits as journalists. You can also count on a postcard in the mail and your name will also be placed on our Initial Donors List.

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    Your donation will help fund the written or photography/video portions of a full long form multimedia profile of a U.S. Service Member, military working dog, or interpreter.

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