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"1, 2, Many" will be a podcast series that will tell the stories veteran suicide.
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I am Tim Lawson and with my company, Lawson Entertainment, I am creating a series of twelve podcasts that will tell the stories of veteran suicide. It has been well reported that a U.S. military veteran commits suicide every 1 hour 5 minutes and that active duty suicides (349 in 2012) outnumber combat deaths in Afghanistan (295 in 2012). This epidemic has gained public attention, but the people caught up inside it have remained largely silent. The purpose of this podcast series is not to raise awareness for a cause – though awareness of the prevalence of veteran suicide in our country is an inevitable byproduct. Instead this project aims to introduce listeners to veterans who have survived their own personal struggle, to friends and family who have lost someone to suicide, and to professionals who assist veterans with these issues.

The title of this project is 1, 2, Many because we have lost one too many service members this way without changing course in how we deal with the issues at hand. But it is also called 1, 2, Many because the veterans battling depression and suicidal thoughts often hide their struggles; yet once we discover there is one person in our life who has been affected by this, we find that we know a second person, and a third, and many, many more.

Podcasting is my medium. I am an award-nominated podcast host. My original three podcast series receive thousands of hits each month. Fortunately, podcasts lend themselves well to this particular subject. Veteran suicide is a sensitive topic. Many of my guests would not feel comfortable exposing their raw emotion in front of a camera, but that emotion, so critical to the stories they have to share, cannot be captured fully in print. I will use my conversational expertise and my experience as a podcaster to literally give the people inside this crisis a voice.

LISTEN TO A FEW SNIPPETS FROM INTERVIEWS MENTIONED IN VIDEO

*Note: I'm still conducting interviews. If you have a story or experience related to veteran suicide you are willing to share, I'd be honored to talk to you.*

This project will be limited to this set of twelve podcast episodes.

This will not be a continuing show. The episodes will be released weekly starting the first week of June. After the series is complete, I will not create any new content for this specific project. It is meant to be a packaged set of audio that can be referenced when it’s done but not expanded on.

What the money is used for:

- Online hosting fees for the podcast  
- Show art
- Recording time, software, and engineering.
- Possible travel to special interviews.
- Materials to give this project ultimate exposure when released

All backers of $5 or more will be thanked by name on the podcast.

Veteran Empire has been nice enough to offer this limited edition shirt exclusively for this project.  The tee will be black w/ a yellow logo:

STRETCH GOALS:

If I make it past my goal to produce this podcast, I will use all raised money after $6k to take this conversation across the US. I will coordinate with local organizations to set up live panels in select cities so we can have this discussion together. Below are the tentative locations for these panels and the amount needed to accomplish them. Ultimately, Kickstarter backers will be able to communicate to me where they'd like to see one of these panels conducted.

$7,500: A live panel event in Nashville, TN. We will hold a live panel in June in Nashville. All backers that would like to attend are welcome. The event will be streamed live for everyone to watch. The audio from the panel will be released as a bonus podcast along with the project's original episodes.

$10,000: A second live panel event in San Francisco. We will hold a live panel in July in San Fran. All backers that would like to attend are welcome. The event will be streamed live for everyone to watch. The audio from the panel will be released as a bonus podcast along with the project's original episodes.

$12,500: A third live panel event in Salt Lake City. We will hold a live panel in July in SLC. All backers that would like to attend are welcome. The event will be streamed live for everyone to watch. The audio from the panel will be released as a bonus podcast along with the project's original episodes.

$15,000: A fourth live panel event in Seattle, WA. We will hold a live panel in August in Seattle. All backers that would like to attend are welcome. The event will be streamed live for everyone to watch. The audio from the panel will be released as a bonus podcast along with the project's original episodes.

LISTEN TO A FEW SNIPPETS FROM INTERVIEWS MENTIONED IN VIDEO

Risks and challenges

The biggest challenge of this project will be discovering the appropriate people to involve and opening them up to talk about the issue. This is a very sensitive subject and not everyone will be comfortable about exposing that part of their lives. However, I've already started collecting audio and the content I'm getting from involved parties is great.

Another challenge will be artfully formatting each show to have a coherent story arc. I can't force content out of interviewees, especially with this subject matter, so I don't know what their focus will be. It'll take great editing and awareness to put out twelve unique episodes after all of the audio is collected.

Lastly, there's the challenge of marketing podcasts and convincing an audience to engage with this new media. Because of my experience with my other shows, I'm confident my network will prove that podcasts can capture and sustain listeners’ attention.

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    You will be thanked personally in one of the podcast episodes as a backer of this project and as part of the solution to veteran suicide.

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    Personal "Thank You" on the podcast PLUS Personal "Thank You" card. All cards will be gifted from Lawson Crafted Cards. They are handcrafted by a member of my family and are each unique. Will send to APO & FPO addresses.

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    Personal "Thank You" on the podcast PLUS 1, 2, Many Mixtape. This mixtape features songs from military veterans including WRATH, RSonic, Tucci, Wolf, Idrise, Sgt Dunson, Rec Raw, and a brand new song by Chadd Downing, specifically made for this project. Many of these songs will be featured at the end of each episode. This mixtape will only be made available through this Kickstarter. Will send to APO & FPO addresses.

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    Personal "Thank You" on the podcast PLUS Special edition Veteran Empire t-shirt. This t-shirt will not be in the Veteran Empire store and is only available through this Kickstarter project. The shirt will be a black shirt with a yellow "VE" logo. Will send to APO & FPO addresses.

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    Personal "Thank You" on the podcast PLUS 1, 2, Many custom challenge coin. I decided to pay respects to military tradition with a unique challenge coin. Will send to APO & FPO addresses.

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    Personal "Thank You" on the podcast PLUS Collection of all 12 podcasts. The show will be released via iTunes & Stitcher, but backers at this level will receive a CD with all 12 episodes to enjoy and use on their own. This CD will also include bonus audio not included in original feed. Will send to APO & FPO addresses.

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    Personal "Thank You" on the podcast PLUS Signed copy of Terminal Lance's "White Donkey." Max, creator of Terminal Lance, is gracious enough to give you one more opportunity to get his upcoming graphic novel. It is themed with PTSD, depression, and suicide; which complements my efforts with 1, 2, Many. Max will be featured on one of our episodes. Will send to APO & FPO addresses.

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    Personal "Thank You" on the podcast PLUS the Veteran Empire t-shirt PLUS the Terminal Lance graphic novel, The White Donkey. Will send to APO & FPO addresses.

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    Personal "Thank You" on the podcast PLUS One hour podcasting class & consultation. Have you thought about launching a podcast? Learn from my experience. Backers at this level will get a one hour Skype or Facetime call where I will answer all questions they have about launching their own podcast.

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    Personal "Thank You" on the podcast PLUS The four 1, 2, Many Kickstarter exclusive items! You get the challenge coin, the Veteran Empire t-shirt, podcast compilation and the mixtape. I'll even throw in the personal "Thank You" card as a bonus for pledging at this level. Will send to APO & FPO addresses.

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    Personal "Thank You" on the podcast PLUS A 2-hour professional photography session at Cedric Terrell Photography. His studio is in Washington DC, but he also does work in LA & NYC. So, pledgers should only consider this reward if they are in proximity. Cedric is a great friend of mine and is a huge advocate for this project.

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    Your company or organization will be announced as an official sponsor of one episode. During the episode, I will tell listeners about your organization and its willingness to support such an important project. These episodes will see thousands to tens of thousands hits and receive great exposure.

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    Official sponsorship of an event addressing veteran suicide in your city. I will arrange a panel to be organized in your community and personally moderate it. The panel will discuss ways our society can help battle this epidemic. Your organization's logo and information will be used on all materials relating and will be mentioned as sponsor with the panel's audio is released as a podcast in this same series.

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