22 veterans commit suicide every day. One every 65th minute...
22 Veterans commit suicide every day in the United States alone. This 'official' number has recently increased from 18 daily. Unfortunately, as a result of an extended war and ongoing conflicts, this number will continue to rise unless something changes.
Leading researchers and healthcare providers have never been more optimistic about HOPE for recovery from Traumatic Brain Injury or Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Non-profit organizations and programs geared towards assisting returning Veterans have sprung up across the nation. HOPE has, seemingly, never been more accessible than in this digital age. However, this HOPE is not reaching all veterans. Too many Veterans find it difficult, due to the invisible wounds of war, to seek out assistance and instead withdraw into a place where HOPE seems lost.
As Combat Veterans, we swore to have each other's backs and it's past time to fulfill that promise. We will take this HOPE to the Veterans who need it, in the form of a (Non-Profit) road-trip Documentary, unscripted and uncensored, in our own language. From the security of their own home, they will be able to follow us on a motorcycle journey across the nation where we interview leading researchers of PTSD/TBI and healthcare providers who passionately believe there is HOPE for recovery. Along the way, we will ride with, talk to and learn from Veterans who have found ways to manage and overcome extreme difficulties.
We are proud to be selected as Community Champions by the Got Your 6 Campaign!
Got Your 6 is a campaign that unites the entertainment industry with top veteran-focused nonprofit organizations. The goal of the campaign is to bridge the civilian-military divide by creating a new conversation in America, so that veterans and military families are perceived as leaders and civic assets. As Community Champions, Got Your 6 has recognized that we share their vision and goals to make a difference for veterans and their families.
How Can You Help?
We have a packed schedule, a crew locked in and support across the nation. Thanks
to donations already received, Project 22 is well on its way!
You can help us fully fund the production of Project 22 by donating what you can toward the following:
- Equipment and Gear Rental: Canon 5D MkIII (2nd Camera), lighting, rigs, sound
- Media Storage Rental: Macbook Pro, hard drives and memory cards
- Fuel: Yepp, 5,000 miles worth.
- Food: 2 riders and a production crew of 6.
- Insurance: riding, sailing...insurance is a must!
Donations are TAX-DEDUCTIBLE and your donation counts! We are leaving before the campaign ends as we feel there is no time to waste. We have had enough donations to start our journey, but we need your help to finish it!
*Special thanks to those who have already offered us lodging and food along the way
Even if you are unable to donate, please share Project 22!
At 17 years of age, Daniel Egbert joined the Marine Corps Infantry in 2004. After two deployments and four faithful years of service his time was fulfilled but extended for a third deployment to Iraq. Daniel returned to Manhattan, where he lived with Doc but soon the duo was broken up as Daniel extended a second time for a fourth deployment to Afghanistan. Daniel is currently back in Manhattan and is enrolled for film at Hunter College.
Matt 'Doc' King joined the Army in 2003 as a Combat Medic. While deployed to Ramadi, Iraq (2004-2005), Doc was honored to serve with the Scouts of 1/9 Infantry, 2nd Infantry Division. He currently lives with his Service Dog in Training, Bear, in Venice, CA and is working in Film & Television with a passion to raise awareness of Veteran's Issues.
Don Burns (Director of Photography) is from Buffalo, NY. Recently, he was DoP and Editor on the award-winning feature length drama, Buffalo Boys, filmmaker for the upcoming documentary, Sound and Light, and an Expedition Videographer and Editor for Lindblad Expeditions/National Geography. Don brings a fresh perspective on set and in the cutting room.
Boris Kurtzman (2nd Camera Operator) is a hard working, experienced media technician. Having been born in the former USSR, and having spent most of his life in North America, Boris has a unique passion for storytelling. Using the camera, Boris' way of telling stories complements the often hard and serious subjects that people shy away from.
Sean Michael Nugent (Sound) is from the Bronx, NYC and recently graduated from NYU for Digital Film Making. With an acting background, Sean is well versed in all aspects of filmmaking and is currently writing and directing for Vanoir Films.
Sacramento, CA to Glendale, CA
West Coast Awareness Ride, LA
Glendale, CA to Venice, CA via Hollywood
Venice, CA to Joshua Tree, CA
Joshua Tree, CA to Gallup, NM
Gallup, NM to Albuquerque, NM
Albuquerque, NM to Owasso, OK
Owasso, OK to Dallas, TX
Dallas, TX to New Orleans, LA
New Orleans, LA to Panama City, FL
Panama City, FL to Ocala, FL
Ocala, FL to Charleston, SC
Charleston, SC to Camp Lejeune, NC
Camp Lejeune, NC to Richmond, VA
Richmond, VA to Arlington National Cemetery
(Veterans Only Ride)
Washington, DC to Oneonta, NY
Oneonta, NY to Long Island, NY
East Coast Awareness Ride, NY
Long Island (rally point TBD) to Ground Zero
Our support truck/rig kindly donated by the Port Authority Police Benevolent Association!