20 July 2010
Military Times Gift Giveaway - ONLY THE BRAVE
MILITARY TIMES MEDIA GROUP, the premier, independent media organization for the U.S. Armed Forces, has agreed to partner with Mission From Buddha Productions on a very special 'Gift Giveaway' of "ONLY THE BRAVE" to our soldiers and veterans, and the target date is Veterans Day, November 11, 2010.
"ONLY THE BRAVE", is based on the 100th/442nd Regimental Combat Team, the all Japanese American regiment that fought for America during World War II in Europe. The film focuses on their rescue of the Texans of the 141st Regiment in the Vosges Forest of France in 1944. The 100th/442nd R.C.T. saved 211 of the 275 Texans but at a cost of over 800 casualties of their own. Our main character suffers tremendous Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (P.T.S.D.), and the story explores his journey on the battlefield and his return home.
“This is a powerful, haunting feature film that is long overdue.” - Honolulu Star Bulletin
Military Times Media Group will serve as the distribution center to send out our DVD to their 250,000 subscribers, made up of our active duty soldiers serving in Iraq and Afghanistan, our bases across the globe and our veterans at home. Military Times Media Group will include the special 'Gift' in the sealed, watertight newspapers that they send out. Please visit www.militarytimes.com, for more information on Military Times newspapers.
Our immediate goal is to raise the initial ten percent, $125,000, as soon as possible to begin this process. We will create 30, 60, 90 second and five minute Public Service Announcements on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, a new P.T.S.D. website, and new artwork for PR packages to help us outreach to the various corporations that would want to be a part of this unique opportunity to give back to our brave men and women. We need to raise up to $1.25 million to make this a truly successful campaign. These funds will cover the wholesale price of the DVDs, the re-packaging and artwork, all additional shipping and handling costs, and new masters that will include our 5 minute Public Service Announcement on P.T.S.D.
“ONLY THE BRAVE is a terrific tool of awareness for combat veterans and their families to recognize the basic symptoms of PTSD.” - Dr. Richard Sword
A portion of every dollar received will be used to donate to the 100th/442nd R.C.T. and M.I.S. (Military Intelligence Service) Veterans groups around the country, maintain and further develop the P.T.S.D. website, and provide assistance to our men and women returning home who are seeking help. Their sacrifices and patriotism have given our generation and our future generations a better life, with greater opportunities and greater freedoms.
We need your financial support to reach our goals. It is estimated that since 2003, over 2 million Americans have been deployed to the Middle East and returned back to U.S. soil. Today, P.T.S.D. affects almost 50% of the men and women coming home from combat. In July 2010, the Wall Street Journal reported that the Rand Corporation and the VA stated that on average 18 veterans commit suicide every single day, more than 6,500 a year, but less than a third are under the care of the VA and receiving treatment for P.T.S.D.
Individual contributions towards this effort can be deducted as donations to a non-profit organization. Please visit the contributions page for additional information.
We hope you’ll give our project your highest consideration and help us give back to the men and women who defend our country, at home and abroad.
“Finally a movie about the 100th/442nd R.C.T. that reveals the historical and the emotional aspects of war for all audiences to understand.” - Nikkan Sun (The Japanese Daily Sun)