Stories live forever, but only if we have the chance to tell them.
I’m asking for your support as The Heroes Journey moves forward to create a digital production of the play Last Out: Elegy of a Green Beret. Last Out will be the most realistic stage presentation brought to film about the true cost of war - told by the warriors who lived it.
Our goal is to share Last Out on digital platforms and through in-person watch parties across the United States on Memorial Day 2021 to honor those men and women who have given all for our country as well as the Gold Star families who live with their loved one's sacrifice every day.
I’m asking for your support as we move closer and closer to the limited release of Last Out during Memorial Day weekend. The film Last Out will turn our story into a tool that is both valuable and timeless and that will validate the journey and sacrifice of our warriors and their families.
Filming was completed in February and we're moving toward release, but the expenses have been great; approaching $250,00. Can you help us tell this story of modern war in a way it’s never been told, in a voice that's never been heard - the voice of veterans and military families.
My ask is simple.
Help me send a message to our warriors and their families that they are not forgotten, despite the pain we are going through as a nation.
I would appreciate your donation at any level to help me contribute $5000 toward the $250K costs of filming and producing Last Out.
I know it's been a tough year - if you can't donate at this time would you please consider sharing the link to my campaign with your network? Our goal is to get as many eyes as possible on Last Out during its' limited release Memorial Day weekend.
The Heroes Journey Story
In May 2019, I was humbled to begin work for Lt Col (retired) Scott Mann, his wife Monty, and their small tribe of veterans and veterans’ family members who work for the Mann’s nonprofit The Heroes Journey.
The Heroes Journey helps military veterans find their voice and tell their story in their transition from military to civilian life. Our services include therapeutic storytelling and narrative competence workshops, social connection gatherings, online learning courses, and books on transition.
The most notable project The Heroes Journey took on between 2018 and early 2020 was producing the national tour of the play Last Out: Elegy of a Green Beret. Last Out was written by Scott after he’d reached the lowest point in his own struggles with transition after 23 years in the military.
“I've experienced trauma as a former Green Beret and combat veteran. I went through my own struggle with depression and transition challenges. In fact, I almost took my own life six years ago. After two decades of service I came home to a world I didn't recognize, inhabited by people who didn't seem to know the first thing about me. When I reached the lowest point in my struggles with transition I turned to written story as a form of therapy. I realized that although the story was mine, I was talking about the frustrations of hundreds of thousands of transitioning military members. I found story as a way to close those transition gaps and help heal the wounds of war.”
Sadly, COVID grounded us and we were unable to share this message with the warriors who need it the most right now. With the social distancing required to battle the virus leaving veterans feeling isolated and cut off from their support systems, we need to tell the Last Out story. But in this time of uncertainty and growing isolation, a play is not enough.
What if you and I can do better?
Together we can!
Thanks so much for your help in reaching my goal.