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The warriors of comedy

Documentary hopes to prove laughter heals all wounds

Filmmakers John Wager and Ray Reo discuss their new film about the importance of comedy in healing.

Filmmakers John Wager and Ray Reo discuss their new film about the importance of comedy in healing. Photo by Marcy Velte.

— Each said their families were very supportive of their recoveries and their participation in the film, especially Kashnow’s wife.

“She said if she hears one more one-legged joke she’s going to hit me with my own prosthetic, so I need to find a new audience,” he joked.

All said they’re excited to get help with their comedy and see where the film leads them. Most are hoping the experience will help them to follow a new career path.

“There are many people I’m excited to work with,” said Rice. “Right now, I have no idea what I’m doing, so I’ll take what I can get. I think my main goal is to try something I’ve never done before and raise awareness for those veterans who feel lost out there. Just to get our story out there, and show that there’s a lighter side to being traumatically wounded, that’s the main thing.”

He did joke that if a multimillion-dollar movie deal came out of the process, he wouldn’t mind.

Wager called the veterans “hilarious.” From just the few days they’ve spent together filming, he already knows making the movie will be a fun process.

“They’re just funny all of the time. So while some of the subject may be serious, the overall tone will be humorous and light-hearted,” he said. “The purpose of the film is not only to document the struggle these individuals went through but their healing process. It will serve as a way of honoring their service and sacrifice, as well as a message of hope for the injured service members who have just begun this journey.”

The filmmakers are currently seeking donations to complete their project. To learn more visit www.comedywarriors.com.

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