The office now has a Les Paul. It’s getting extremely tough to find a reason to go home.
Heroes on the Water
In honor of Memorial Day we wanted to highlight a really cool campaign on Crowdtilt that improves the lives of former service men and women. It’s a very interesting concept that helps wounded warriors relax, rehabilitate and reintegrate into society through kayak fishing and the outdoors. Heroes on the Water has become a hit with new chapters popping up all over the nation.
Here is the link to their campaign: http://bit.ly/jeH3rG
Here is some literature from their site:
Today’s Warriors are exposed to hostile fire and sustained combat stress 3-6x longer than their fathers and grandfathers endured. During World War II, the average time spent in the combat zone was 7 months. During the Vietnam War the average was 15 months, whereas during the Global War on Terror, the average time a warrior spends in combat is 45 months.
The good news is that modern technology helps our troops survive wounds that were fatal in prior wars. However, many of the wounds are invisible: 20% of Iraq and Afghanistan Vets show signs of Post- Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) or depression.
From 2003 to the present time (2010), there have been 5,773 U.S armed forces deaths and 31,902 ‘visible’ wounded from hostile fire, IED amputations, burns and other injuries.* In addition, it is estimated that there are 300,000 suffering with PTSD and 320,000 with Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI). Reports indicate that the numbers of injured military personnel is increasing by 50 per month since mid-2008.**
Alarmingly, there are 950 suicide attempts each month by veterans who are receiving some type of treatment from the Veterans Affairs Department with an average of 18 veterans committing suicide each day. ***
Heroes on the Water’s mission is to help wounded warriors relax, rehabilitate and reintegrate into society through kayak fishing and the outdoors. Over the past three years of taking a few thousand men and women of all branches of the armed services out kayak fishing, we have learned firsthand the ‘triple therapy’ of kayak fishing – physical with paddling and fishing, occupational in learning new skills and a sport they can do for life, and mental in the relaxation and freedom out on the water. Their words say it best…
“You have given us a new sport that we can do with our injuries. Best of all, I really yearn for a morning in the woods with my bike or a long run down our country road… those thoughts have been replaced by talk of new fishing tackle, rods, water craft, and terrain. You have no idea how mentally and physically healing your program is. Thank you!! Thank you for your time, your expertise, your passion, and your dedication to the military in which you served. We feel blessed!! From a wounded Army Captain and participant in HOW
If you know someone that has served and would be interested in joining send them this link: http://heroesonthewater.org/get-involved/become-a-member
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You will be entered to win a brand new iPad 2 for following us on Tumblr. Your chances will double if you re-blog this post. We will be coming out of Beta soon and want to thank everyone that that has helped us get this far. The drawing will be held on May 31st and we will be live streaming the event so jump on board before it’s too late!
I can’t tell you how much fun we had at the HomeGrown festival this weekend. This was Crowdtilt’s first official public event and it was a huge success. The music, people, and pets were all top notch and everything we’d come to expect from a good old fashion Dallas gathering. We got to explain what Crowdtilt is to a lot of new people and the reactions were all very positive. It’s really satisfying to see people getting excited about something that we’ve put a ton of effort and energy into. The best part is when you can see the light bulb go on above people’s head about how many different things they could use it for. They were coming up with things we’d never even thought of which was a really cool thing for us moving forward.
Since we were official sponsors we got to meet some of the bands that played and even got to explain the concept to a few of them. Here is a covert iPhone camera shot of James explaining Crowdtilt to one of the members of great band ishi. (I was trying to act like I was on my phone to maintain our “street cred” with the performers. It was an epic fail as he looked directly at me when the shutter sound went off.) Yeah, we’re just really big fans like everyone else.
We were also giving out these sweet little stress balls that are shaped like brains. They were a huge hit with the kids, pets, and law enforcement. I’m guessing the officers would like anything that would help relieve stress. We still got a few left if some of our Tumblr buddies would like to snag one.
We also had a professional photographer shooting all day long so as soon as those are made available I’ll be sure to post them here and on our flickr stream. Once again, thanks to all who came out and stopped by the booth. We got a ton of great feedback and support to help push us even harder through the Beta process.
Posted by: G.Case
Need rock star, inquire within
Do you have a musical gift that needs to be spread to the world or know someone that does? (forward this to them pronto!)
Why not throw up a campaign on Crowdtilt to see if you could get your album funded? It’s so simple to use and you can spread it to all your family and friends through social networks and e-mails with a few clicks. Put a link to someplace they can listen to your tracks (soundcloud) and see if they think you’re worthy enough to rocket up the charts on their dime. If Rebecca Black can become a star overnight there shouldn’t be anything standing in your way. Will you becoming the next Lady Gaga or Black Keys? There is only one way to find out. We are still in beta so start working on your recordings now so you can launch your campaign lickety-split when we open the site up to the public.
Getting ready for HomeGrown fest.
We snapped a few photos of the park that the HomeGrown fest will call home this weekend. Crowdtilt will be there allowing people to sign up for our iPad2 giveaway and dropping some knowledge on unsuspecting concert goers.