As human beings, experiencing life-changing events is inevitable. Natural disasters, the large-scale human rights movements that have swept the entire country, and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic are just some of the examples of circumstances that can shake anyone to their core. These events could also come in the form of losing a job, getting divorced, getting an injury, and more.
In the case of veteran Nick Koumalatsos, he has been privy to how their disastrous effects could foster anger, indifference, bitterness, and other toxic emotions in people. So he set about applying the skills he learned as a Raider to work on solving his problems and then went on to help countless others.
Aside from having a successful military career, this esteemed figure owns multiple ventures, including Alexander Industries, Snap Fitness, Ship On Site, A Coffee company, Survival and Tactical Systems, Miserable Cows, and more. He has also published several books, namely Excommunicated Warrior and 7-Stages of Transition, co-authoring several others.
But before Nick became the respected authority that he is now, he was also subjected to numerous life trials just like everybody else.
Hailing from Florida, Nick spent his childhood moving from one state to another. By the age of twelve, he has already lived in five states, honing early his skills on adaptability and integration. His teen years took a turn, with Nick spending time in juvenile detention.
After shaking his past and looking for a new direction, he signed up for the Marine Corps when he was nineteen. There, he did not only learn the values of perseverance and resilience, but he also gained competency in leadership and strategic planning.
This icon of success spent twelve years in the Special Operations Marine Corps and held command in Marine Reconnaissance and Marine Special Operations. Moreover, he has deployed in support of OIF/OEF and trained foreign police, military, and militia in several countries.
After leaving his twelve-year career as a Marine Raider, Nick had to deal with the different dynamics in the civilian world. He encountered firsthand the challenges that transitioning will pose for every veteran. And how he attempted to reintegrate into the civilian world became the basis for his book, Excommunicated Warrior.
The Excommunicated Warrior outlines his journey and details the seven stages of transition that he realized is a shared experience among veterans. These seven stages then became the heart of the nonprofit Nick established to help the nation’s veterans transition out of the military.
But the book covers a fan base that extends wider than the military. It has been positively received by mothers, people who went through or going through divorce, professional athletes that have had injuries ending their careers, and many first responders. While the 7 Stages of transition is designed for the military, it has become apparent that it is actually a human being issue. The book is a reflection of Nick’s experience in Special Operations and leaving that community, and serves as a must-have resource for knowledge and wisdom that anyone can use to help them achieve personal success.
More importantly, Nick surmised from his various speaking engagements that his ideas of the seven stages of transition are not exclusive to veterans. The strategies he designed to work through them can also be utilized by people going through life-altering events.
By pulling in together his insights from all his life experiences, Nick has been able to guide people who refuse to be victims of their circumstances. Through the Excommunicated Warrior, he cheers on anyone who decides never to quit and chooses to move forward.