Thumos is an ancient Greek term that translates as "the energy of spirited honor". Our mission is to assist veterans in revitalizing this character component in their post-military lives through experiential efforts.
Thumos Project ( www.thumosproject.org ) was born in 2011 as guitar lessons for recovering veterans housed at the SFC Eugene Ashley Transitional Living Center. After a 27 year career as an infantry/reconnaissance and force reconnaissance U.S. Marine, I was tired of hearing about veteran suicides, broken families, poor leadership, homelessness, addictions, violent outcomes, public ignorance & misperceptions and dysfunctional bureaucracies. My breaking point occurred while volunteering at a homeless/veterans StandDown when I was humbled to see a range of veterans ages 75-22 attempting to receive basic social services. I asked myself what can I do? It resulted in guitar lessons, kayakoing trips and public awareness themed events focused on critical military veteran/families needs. http://www.starnewsonline.com/article/20120619/ARTICLES/120619662
On 9/11/2014 Thumos Project became the initiating partner in community agriculture and sustainable technology applications in Wilmington, NC with Brigade Boys and Girls Club, AmeriCorps VetCorps Program, Cape Fear Community College and UNC Wilmington. Our objectives are therapeutic, transitional and require teamwork.
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