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Help young members of the military who struggle with depression through acoustic performances and intimate interviews from their favorite bands.
Mike Henneberger
1,143 Facebook Friends
Brooklyn, New York
United States
2 Team Members



Zero Platoon is an organization founded and staffed by veterans dedicated to bringing hope and encouragement to members of the U.S. armed forces who struggle with depression and other emotional and psychological issues that stem from the adaptation into military life. Our goal is to motivate, encourage, and help those who serve our country while dealing with these issues.

So far, we've done this by hosting videos of exclusive acoustic performances by touring bands and intimate interview about how music has helped these artists overcome difficult times in their lives. Our Youtube channel hit 20,000 views in less than 6 months, adding another 7,000 in the seventh month.

With your help, this summer, Zero Platoon will be hitting the road with three bands -- Pentimento, Have Mercy, and Gates -- to spread the word about the organization and raise awareness of the mental and psychological issues that our active duty service members face. We will also be conducting interviews and shooting acoustic videos with bands on the Vans Warped Tour.


When Zero Platoon was just an idea, the ultimate goal was to take bands on tour to military bases -- sort of a USO for a younger generation of soldier, with more attention on relating to them rather than just entertaining them. That dream is being realized faster than we ever expected, and this summer we'll be hitting the road long before we ever thought we could, if...

  • We can rent a van for a week: $2500
  • Pay for gas to drive through GA, 3 days in FL, then NC, and TN: $2000
  • Pay the other half of our two-man crew who will help drive and film: $500

Other expenses will come out of pocket. If we exceed our goal, extra funds will go straight to the organization to be used for things like making merch, sponsoring future tours, better equipment, etc.


  • A million thanks! Seriously, there are like 10 different ways to get thanked. Everyone will get their name (or business name) on "The Platoon" page on our website along with staff, bands and other supporters. You can also get your name on the "Thanks to:" endslate on all videos from this tour. Some people will even have their names read by the bands we meet on tour on a "Thank you" video. $500 and $1000 contributors will get a "Made Possible by" or "Sponsored by" slate, respectively, at the beginning of videos from this tour. 
  • Merch: Zero Platoon stickers, Limited Edition Unit patches, T-shirts

  • VIP status: You can get access to backstage and behind the scenes photos and videos from this tour. You and +1 can get VIP access to future Zero Platoon shows and tours.
  • One of my favorite perks: An 8x10 print of Matthew Wager's Claymore photo that he took in Laghman Province, Afghanistan while serving in the U.S. Army. Depending on the contribution, your print could be signed.

The Impact

Zero Platoon is less than a year old and we've already seen an amazing impact -- nearly 30,000 views and 100 subscribers on YouTube. Within a month of starting up, I received this message from a guy who I went through U.S. Army basic combat training with. 

Here's a little idea of what we do. This is one of the interviews that we've done and below it there's a comment that someone left on YouTube. Our goal is to fill a void that is very present in the U.S. military, but as you can see, Zero Platoon reaches more than just those who are serving.

Other Ways You Can Help

Thanks for making it this far. Even if you can't spare a buck, any support is greatly appreciated. Please share this campaign with your friends and especially anyone you know in the military or who might have family in the military. You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and subscribe to our YouTube channel.

Thanks so much,

Mike Henneberger


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  • $5USD

    Every little bit helps. You've joined the platoon. Your name (or business name) will go up on the "The Platoon" page (along with staff, friends and bands we've worked with). www.zeroplatoon.com/the-platoon

    13 claimed
    Estimated delivery: August 2014
  • $10USD
    Private First Class

    Adding a little class to the perks.You get your name (or business name) on the "The Platoon" page AND on a "Thanks to:" endslate on all YouTube videos from this tour.

    12 claimed
    Estimated delivery: September 2014
  • $25USD

    Now you're special. Your name goes on the "The Platoon" page and "Thanks" endslate, you get 3 stickers, and you'll get 1 prints of Matthew Wager's "Claymore" picture, which he took while serving in Afghanistan.

    31 claimed
    Estimated delivery: September 2014
  • $50USD

    Livin' that sweet NCO life! You'll get thanked on site w/ a link and on the YouTube video endslate, 5 stickers, 1 SIGNED 8x10 Wager Claymore photo, and 1 limited edition Zero Platoon unit patch.

    11 out of 100 claimed
    Estimated delivery: September 2014
  • $100USD

    Attention! Officer on deck! You get all the thanks above: "The Platoon" page w/ link, listed on YouTube video endslate + 2 signed limited edition Wager photos, 5 stickers, 2 limited edition ZP Unit patches, 1 ZP shirt AND you're name will be added to our "Thanks" video read by the bands that we meet on tour.

    7 out of 50 claimed
    Estimated delivery: September 2014
  • $250USD

    Take command! You'll get thanked just like the LT -- listed on "The Platoon" page, listed on YouTube endslate, listed on the video read by bands. You'll also get backstage and behind-the-scenes photos and videos from this tour sent directly to you. Plus, you'll get 10 stickers, 2 signed limited edition Wager photos, 3 limited edition Zero Platoon patches, and 1 ZP t-shirt.

    1 out of 25 claimed
    Estimated delivery: September 2014
  • $500USD

    Big shot! You and a +1 will be our VIP guests at 1 Zero Platoon tour show per year starting in 2015. No travel, but, hey, drinks, free music, and meet the bands! You'll also get thanked on site w/a link, on the end slate, on the "Thanks" video, AND on a special "Made Possible By:" slate at the beginning of all YouTube videos from this tour. Plus, 10 stickers, 4 limited edition Zero Platoon patches, 2 Shirts, and 2 signed limited edition Wager Claymore photos.

    0 out of 10 claimed
    Estimated delivery: September 2014
  • $1,000USD

    Making a real commitment! You get lifetime VIP status with a +1 at up to 5 ZP shows per year. And you'll get your own personal "Sponsored by" slate at the beginning of all YouTube videos from this tour, and you're name (business name) on site w/ link, on the endslate and on the "Thanks" video read by bands we meet on tour. Plus, backstage/behind-the-scenes photos and videos, 10 stickers, 4 Zero Platoon shirts, 5 limited edition Zero Platoon patches, 2 signed limited edition Wager photos.

    1 out of 5 claimed
  • $5,000USD
    Commander In Chief

    Hail to the chief! You'll get everything that the lifer gets, plus, we'll fly you and a guest to New York City for a Zero Platoon show in 2015. We'll put you up in a hotel for three nights, and we'll handle your car service to and from the airport and to and from the show.

    0 out of 1 claimed
    Estimated delivery: June 2015
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