… But ones I guarantee you will like.
6. Anyone who donates at least $25 will receive a copy of either This is War: Memories of Iraq or Shepherds of Helmand, randomly chosen by me.
7. Anyone who donates at least $50 will receive their choice of a copy of This is War: Memories of Iraq or Shepherds of Helmand.
8. Anyone who donates at least $100 will receive both This is War: Memories of Iraq and Shepherds of Helmand.
These rule changes are retroactive, and if you want to donate more to HAVA to pick your DVD or get both, you certainly can.
Here are the front and back covers of both (apologies for the shoddy photography):
And here is the synopsis for This is War:
In 2004 a battalion of National Guard soldiers from Oregon departed for a one year mission to Iraq.
Patrolling against IEDs, under constant threat of ambush and subjected to combat of epic intensity, they fought to rebuild a country.
Some of them never returned.
Those that did were changed forever.
… And for Shepherds of Helmand:
In 2008, a group of 17 volunteers from the Oregon National Guard volunteered to deploy to Afghanistan to train a battalion of the Afghan National Army. Their mission was to conduct counter narcotics patrols in the deadly Helmand province, a region notorious not only for its opium production, but also as a Taliban stronghold. This is the story of one of the most decorated units in Oregon National Guard history.
Both are productions of HAVA, both are not rated, and both have “Graphic Violence and Language” warnings on them, so bear that in mind; I have not watched either yet, but they sound like a “been there, done that, here’s how it is” kind of production.
The box these came in is frankly huge, but there is a finite number of them; if you want one, or if you want to be sure you get a specific one, get your donations in soon! They will be sent out on a first-come-first-served basis, but I will not send any of them until after the drawing is concluded, so I can include them in prize packages if you happen to win one.
There, now you are almost guaranteed something for donating – what is stopping you? And just wait until I unveil the other stuff that arrived in the mail today…