Still in the Fight is a cooperative venture between singer-songwriter Mike Corrado and the Joe Bonham Project, a reportage art outreach sponsored by the International Society of War Artists and the Society of Illustrators.
Retired Marine Chief Warrant Officer and renowned Combat Artist Michael Fay and another war artist, Richard Johnson, on behalf of the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, started doing artwork of Wounded Warriors this past February. In March, Johnson did an illustrated piece for Canada's National Post. Marine, infantryman and combat artist Rob Bates, a member of the International Society of War Artists (ISWA) who’s art has been included into the Marine Corps Museum's Combat Art Collection also joined in to contribute some of his amazing artwork.
In discussing the project, Fay asked Mike Corrado, a Marine and singer/songwriter to pen a song for the project. The two met in Fallujah, Iraq, 2005, while deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Corrado, an avid supporter of service related causes, and who has recently been featured on CMT, American Forces Network and CNN was immediately up to the challenge.
The result was the development of a multi-media campaign combing art, music and video to tell the story of Wounded Warriors whose lives have been forever changed and though far from the battlefield remain “Still in the Fight.”
The mission is simple; to tell the stories of our combat Wounded Warriors from their perspective utilizing artwork, music and other avenues to spread the word about their amazing determination, sacrifices and resilience. Create a multi-facetted documentary tribute to our Wounded Warriors which will be distributed to mainstream video music channels, national and regional radio and television media outlets, hospitals, rehabilitation centers, museums and more in order to spread the word of their struggles and victories.
Upon release, proceeds from the single, video and DVD will benefit organizations that directly support Wounded Warriors from all US military services.
What We Need
Still in the Fight is looking to raise $35,000 to fund:
-Audio recording and production costs
-Video recording, editing and production costs
-Transportation of wounded warriors to/from the studio
-CD/DVD production, duplication and distribution
-National TV, Radio and Print promotion and distribution
If additional funds are raised beyond our goal, we will begin phase two which is creating a documentary for TV, web based media and rehabilitative outlets.
What You Get
You can help by donating as much or as little as you’d like. You can also take advantage of different contribution perks ranging from advanced copies of the song, video and shirts all the way up to autographed guitars, executive producer credits and more. Every little bit helps, if you'd like to make a contribution for an amount, please feel free. If you'd like an autographed or personalized item made out to a specific person or any other details, please mention this in the remarks box.
Other Ways You Can Help
You can help, by not only donating to Still in the Fight and spreading the word about this unique collaboration of music and art, but also by donating time and resources to wounded warrior programs as well as taking the time to visit our wounded warriors in Veterans Administration Hospitals across the country. Thank you for supporting those who are Still in the Fight