As many of you know, this time last year I had the privilege to be on a National Geographic film crew embedded in Afghanistan shooting “Inside Combat Rescue: The last Stand” It premieres this Sunday June 15th 9pm on the National Geographic Channel. Be sure to tune in!<p><a href=”http://vimeo.com/97231180″>Inside Combat Rescue: The Last Stand</a> from <a href=”http://vimeo.com/tylerkorba”>Tyler Korba</a> on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a>.</p>
I am continually asked what I do in Thailand/ Burma and why.
As most you know, the majority of my work revolves around the mission of Free Burma Rangers.
This is the latest video I put together for FBR. It explains and shows the “why” behind FBR’s mission. It also gives you a glimpse into the world and people I’ve come to love.
It might be a cliche; but with the power of social media, “sharing is truly caring,” and people need to know about BURMA. Please do so if you feel so inclined. You never know what will come of it.<p><a href=”http://vimeo.com/90716676″>Compelled by Love</a> from <a href=”http://vimeo.com/iffilm”>If</a> on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a>.</p>
The Free Burma Rangers (FBR) is a multi-ethnic humanitarian service movement. They bring help, hope and love to people in the war zones of Burma. Ethnic pro-democracy groups send teams to FBR to be trained, supplied and sent into the areas under attack to provide emergency medical care, shelter, food, clothing and human rights documentation. The teams also operate a communication and information network inside Burma that provides real time information from areas under attack.
Since 1997, FBR has trained over 110 multi-ethnic relief teams and there are 48 full time teams active in the Karen, Karenni, Shan, Pa’O, Arakan, Kachin, Chin and Lahu areas of Burma. The teams have conducted over 350 humanitarian missions of 1-2 months into the war zones of Burma. On average between 1,000-2,000 patients are treated per mission with 2,000 more people helped in some way. The teams have treated over 360,000 patients and helped over 750,000 people.
Love and blessings to Jesse and Benita!
Had a blast shooting you guys!
As of now, I’m officially on Contract With National Geographic.
The past month has been a whirl wind. How do I begin to catch you up?
*About three weeks ago I spent an entire week in the hospital with an unknown virus. Wasn’t fun! Was introduced to my first spinal tap which they had to do FIVE times for them to finally get it. Haha
*Had the privileged to go and teach at G42 in Spain for two weeks. AHH ……I sure do love that place.. It will always be a home away from home!
And soon I’ll be heading off to the middle East to film the second Season of Inside Combat Rescue with National Geographic. I’ll be a camera operator with producer responsibilities.
Please watch the trailer from this last season..
I believe relationships are the most important thing in life! However I’m not the best at them and I’m still learning how to be a good friend and son! But, I feel so RICH because of the people I know! It’s hard to explain, I’ve never felt more privileged and honored just by the people I know as I do now! Just RICH!
I wasn’t offered this Job with Nat Geo because I’m supper talented or even deserve the job!!- Frankly I don’t! Many people work YEARS to try to get a job like this! And to be honest I’m still in shock a bit that I have this job! But the shock has quickly faded and it’s come down this; I was given this opportunity from a friend who believes in me. He was in position to offer me this unique opportunity. I didn’t “game” for this opportunity, there was no agenda or expectation EVER, it just fell in my lap from a friend whom I love and respect. And now I get to work with FRIENDS who are marked by integrity and character to tell a worthy story that I believe in, without compromise, and with the best tools out there!! YES! It will be a classroom experience and a lot of work! Haha-YES! Giddy-up! What an honor!
There are dangers of course; I will be with elite military and I am shipping out at some point soon.. I’m not a soldier but I’ll be with them.. I’m just shooting with a Camera. ;) There’s no time to see family, say goodbye and be “sent off!” I have to leave from Thailand.. No time to see friends and say goodbye… no care packages, no big party, just a word- a sense that God is with me for me and has prepared me. I have a mission- and it’s time to go to work! It feels right!! I feel, JOY, Excitement, anticipation, sobriety, and I already miss my girlfriend even tho I’m with her……
I called my Dad this morning, an ex Vietnam vet! “Dad I’m not going to fight in a war but I’m curious how did you prepare to go into war.” “Son, my preparation? I didn’t care for myself, I cared for my men and my responsibilities.. Didn’t have much time to think about me. I just hoped God would watch over me and that I could come home. I had a job to do.. That make sense?” “Yea Dad, I think it does… thanks!”