Thano Genos Photography & Marine Combat Veteran Create Awareness 4 Homeless Vets Through Photography in Washington DC
Through a project on Kickstarter.com and an overwhelming level of encouragement from friends and family, a local Marine Corps Veteran and photographer tells his story of passion and drive to make a difference in the level of homelessness in the veteran population.
As a Marine combat Veteran of the Iraqi Freedom War, helping veterans has become a huge part of his passion. Thano Genos, a native of Fort Wayne, Indiana, is beginning a journey he has long desired to start but hasn't found the outlet to do it until now. Not only is he a combat Veteran, he was a photojournalist in the Marine Corps during the War. He has felt and seen the effects of what war can do to people. He has looked PTSD in the face and was beaten down hard initially. Thano was knocked down and at a few points wasn't going to get back up. After a year of battling doubts, he committed to finishing his Master's Degree and making a life of his own free from the doubts of old. Photography has always been his passion and he wants to combine it with a passion of working with Veterans. He is going to use photography to get this information out to people who aren't necessarily ready to see it. The journalistic and artistic world at times have controversial muses and homeless Vets may just be one right now. George Orwell said it best when he said:
"Journalism is printing what someone else does not want printed: everything else is public relations."
The effects of War have put some of the nation's men and women who gave up everything to serve their country on the streets, and now it's time to create awareness and show the world the citizens need to help these men and women. There is an image in the video of the project from a fellow Marine he was serving with who carried his cross with him but on his rifle. He took this picture before they went out on a mission in Iraq and it was one of the photos that has stuck with him and spoke to him over the years.