The Thomas Family
Fernandina Beach, FL
U.S. Marine Sgt. Bradley Thomas comes from a family with a strong history of serving in the military and has dedicated his life to the military community in active duty and beyond. Following his nearly eight years of service in the United States Marines Corps, Thomas continues to find meaning in military-centric nonprofits.
Thomas describes January 11, 2011 as the day his world changed forever. His vehicle was struck by an improvised explosive device (IED) and he was knocked unconscious. He suffered from residual spinal cord injuries and back problems for years following the incident. He tried to overcome and fight through his injuries, but it proved to be incapacitating and Thomas was medically retired in April 2015.
Once retired, Thomas began to realize his invisible wounds. His post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) coupled with his physical injuries made it hard for him to find employment. Eventually, he was connected with a military nonprofit and offered a job that helped him find his light. He felt he once again had a mission and a purpose.
Thomas was so inspired by the work he was doing at the nonprofit that he decided to create his own nonprofit with the sole mission of helping fellow Veterans through fishing charters and guided hunts.
For his patriotism, Thomas received recognition including a Combat Action Ribbon (Afghanistan), two Marine Corps Good Conduct Medals, a Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and a National Defense Service Medal, among other accolades.
Thomas currently lives in Florida with his wife and children. They enjoy spending time together as a family through music, cooking, sports and meditation.
Operation FINALLY HOME along with Lennar and other local community sponsors are honored to provide the Thomas family with a new, mortgage-free home near Jacksonville, Florida in the Amelia Walk community.