Project 22

Combat Vets riding 5,000 miles in 22 days raising awareness of Veteran Suicides and filming a road trip documentary filled with HOPE for struggling Veterans.
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Matt Tester
Film
Los Angeles, California
United States
5 Team Members

22 veterans commit suicide every day. One every 65th minute...

The Mission

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!

Please visit www.project22vets.com and www.facebook.com/project22vets to keep up-to-date and who knows, maybe we'll see you on the road!

The Veterans

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. 


The Crew

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. 


The Route

Sep 22nd

Sacramento, CA to Glendale, CA

West Coast Awareness Ride, LA

Glendale, CA to Venice, CA via Hollywood

Sep 23rd

Venice, CA to Joshua Tree, CA

Sep 24th

Joshua Tree, CA to Gallup, NM

Sep 25th

Gallup, NM to Albuquerque, NM

Sep 26th

Albuquerque, NM to Owasso, OK

Sep 27th

Owasso, OK to Dallas, TX

Sep 29th

Dallas, TX to New Orleans, LA

Oct 1st

New Orleans, LA to Panama City, FL

Oct 2nd

Panama City, FL to Ocala, FL

Oct 4th

Ocala, FL to Charleston, SC

Oct 5th

Charleston, SC to Camp Lejeune, NC

Oct 6th

Camp Lejeune, NC to Richmond, VA

Memorial Ride

Richmond, VA to Arlington National Cemetery

(Veterans Only Ride)

Oct 9th

Washington, DC to Oneonta, NY

Oct 11th

Oneonta, NY to Long Island, NY

Oct 13th

East Coast Awareness Ride, NY

Long Island (rally point TBD) to Ground Zero

The Transport

Our support truck/rig kindly donated by the Port Authority Police Benevolent Association!


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$19,688USD
raised by 182 people in 1 month
89% funded
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$22,000 USD goal
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This campaign ended on October 3, 2013
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    Supporter

    Special Thanks on website and in credits

    42 claimed

  • $50USD
    Hang-Around

    Special Thanks, plus Access to video updates from the road

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  • $75USD
    Prospect

    Special Thanks Access to video updates from the road, plus DVD pre-release, signed by Doc and Dan

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  • $100USD
    Patchholder

    All of the above, plus Project 22 Poster - signed by one of the bad-ass veterans we meet along the trip!

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  • $500USD
    Sgt at Arms

    All of the above, plus A personal video filmed on the road, thanking you for having our backs.

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    All of the above, plus A seat (transferable) in our Support Truck during an Awareness Ride! Limited to: 2 seats in LA -Sunday, Sep 22nd 2 seats in NY -Sunday, Oct 13th

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    All of the above and a limited edition Project 22 helmet custom painted by Nester Hernandez of Warrior Art and worn by the boys on the trip

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