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Invisible Scars: A Warrior's Mind

Athena's Owl is filming a documentary to highlight the amazing life of a dear friend while also raising awareness for Veteran suicide.

Invisible Scars: A Warrior's Mind

Athena's Owl is filming a documentary to highlight the amazing life of a dear friend while also raising awareness for Veteran suicide.

$1,210
pledged of $90,000pledged of $90,000 goal
13
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sat, June 9 2018 4:51 PM UTC +00:00

About

    Our vision for this project is to honor a brother veteran who we recently lost while raising awareness about veteran suicide and reaching out to other veterans who may be losing the war inside of them. Our veterans need to know that there is help, there is hope and they are not alone.      

    In January of this year, our nation lost a hero to his inner demons; Sgt. Stephen W. Jackel, a combat engineer with the US Army who suffered a double leg amputation as a result of injuries sustained during a combat deployment in Afghanistan and a loving husband and devoted father of 6, sadly took his own life and became one of the “22 a day” statistics. Jackel never allowed himself to be defined by his disability; in fact, he embraced it and rose above his injuries in an effort to inspire others who shared his same circumstances. Jackel participated with countless veterans organizations including 22KILL where he served as a motivational speaker to help prevent veteran suicide, he was a singer for Operation Rock the Troops, an event dedicated to healing veterans through music, he was the Sergeant at Arms for the Infidels Motorcycle Club and most recently he collaborated with the SABOT Group to compete in the Baja 1000. Jackel’s goal in life was to influence and inspire, letting other veterans know that if a double-amputee could overcome his obstacles and succeed, they could too. This documentary aims to embrace Jackel’s philosophy on life and immortalize it on film. We plan on honoring the memory of a veteran who touched the lives of so many, but most importantly, our ultimate goal for this project is to stop another veteran from pulling the proverbial trigger and losing their inner war. While other documentaries have been made in regard to veteran suicide, ours will focus on real veterans discussing their real emotions. Information presented by other films highlight opinions of medical experts, and this information is based typically on textbooks and studies but these experts fail to comprehend the true pain combat inflicts. Ironically, combat is also the most addictive drug a soldier can ever be exposed to yet when our brothers and sisters in arms die around us there is no possible way we can prepare for that. Combat challenges us to take enemy strongholds, have courage under fire and possibly die for our nation, but many of us are not able to comprehend the thought of not coming home with everyone we deployed with. When it happens, and it does so often, we are emotionally and mentally scarred and are treated with pills and psychiatric rhetoric. This project will directly address veterans who are in this same place and situation and let them know that it can happen to anyone, that it is okay to have off days but it’s never okay to bottle it up. Brutal honesty is something we learn in the military and it’s something we will convey with our message here; there is always another option but suicide shouldn’t be the one. We urge you to engage our passion for this cause and support our project with a financial contribution. Any and all money donated will go directly to the costs associated with equipment, filming and travel. If our goal is exceeded, all donations will be provided to the spouse of Sgt. Jackel, who not only lost her husband, must provide for 6 children who also lost their father. We will not rest until this documentary is on every media outlet and is available for every veteran to see. Your generous donation is the only way this will happen and any and all contributors will be credited in this film. Our veterans were once the warriors that held the line and defended our freedom, and now we must stand in support of them. We vowed to one another prior to deployments that no one would be left behind and our veterans are no exception; we cannot and will not allow another veteran to fight their inner war alone.

With full support of the family we proudly launch this campaign.  All extra funds will be donated to the Jackel family. We at Athena's Owl and 22NOk Just as we swore an oath in combat to never leave a man behind, so too shall we never leave a Veteran behind.  

Risks and challenges

Our biggest risk for this project is failing to reach our monetary goal. Will we quit? NO! This is a story that needs to be told. This is a message that needs to be sent. All of us at Athena's Owl, 22NOK, and other affiliates refuse to accept failure just as we refused to accept failure in combat.

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