Kickstarter Campaign - Film on Schizophrenia - Light Wounds

From the Kickstarter initiators:

It’s nearly one week in to the Kickstarter campaign and I need your help! We have 16 backers and $440 pledged for “Light Wounds” - the feature film on the true story of my childhood friend and young Veteran’s battle with schizophrenia.

We had 247 directors submit to direct this film. Over the past week, we met with some of the top picks and will be announcing the director next week, but we can’t move forward beyond that unless we have the funds to make the film. If you can, please make your pledge today at and if you can’t pledge, please share with your friends and family and on Facebook and Twitter.

Please help make this film by making a pledge today and sharing with your family and friends at Because Kickstarter is an all-or-nothing platform, you will only be charged if we reach the funding goal.

Thank you so much for your continued support.


Jonathan Looper
Producer/Writer, “My Only Son” & “Light Wounds”

Editor’s Note: This is first in a new feature in Treatment Before Tragedy’s online magazine, from the frontlines of the lives of wounded warriors and their families. Please submit your story.

by Jonathan Looper

This past fall, veteran Army sniper Omar Gonzalez went on an operation that was, perhaps, for him, his final and most important. He went alone to infiltrate one of the most guarded compounds in the world. He ventured on foot, without air support, but armed. He made it over the fence of the fortress, past infrared sensors and rooftop snipers, finally breaching the entrance. The mission was likely the culmination of his 15 years in the Army and three combat tours in Iraq.

But reports on his failed mission most likely won’t ever refer to him as brave.

In fact, three days following his mission, he appeared in federal district court in Washington, D.C., where prosecutors described his actions as traitorous and said he was “a threat to the president.” Last month, a judge ordered a full mental health competency hearing.

This mission for Gonzalez was different than those in his past, because the orders for this mission weren’t coming from a commander but rather, it appears, from within his own mind. The compound he infiltrated: the White House. The presumed target: his commander-in-chief.

Gonzales, we have come to learn, was battling brain disease, related to PTSD. On this Veteran’s Day, we would be well served to recognize and remedy a sad reality in our country: Omar Gonzalez, the “White House fence jumper,” is yet another casualty of our broken mental health system, a system that has failed both our civilian and veteran populations living with mental illness. The tragedy of Gonzales’s journey from war to jail is a reflection of our failure as a society to address mental health issues in society.