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Brian Knapp

Brian Knapp

Sergeant (Hon. Discharged)
U.S. Marine Corps

2016 W100K Rider

Sergeant Brian Knapp enlisted in the Marines and served as a logistics/embarkation specialist deploying to Western Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.  While driving a ground mobility vehicle in western Afghanistan, his vehicle was struck by an improvised explosive device in 2008.  Brian was briefly knocked unconscious and suffered a laceration to his forehead.  After spending a few days in the hospital, he returned to his unit.  

Several months after he returned from deployment, Brian began experiencing head and neck pain.  He scheduled an appointment with a specialist and he was diagnosed with a traumatic brain injury and bulging disks in his neck. He underwent 18 months of physical and speech therapy. 

In 2011, Brian was honorably discharged from the Marines and enrolled in a local community college, majoring in Geographic Information Systems.  During college, Brian successfully initiated and managed a student veterans club.  Upon graduation, he was hired as a Veterans and Military Outreach Specialist/ Caseworker for Representative Dan Maffei through the Chief Administrative Office's Wounded Warrior Fellowship.  Today, Brian works for the non -profit Clear Path for Veterans in New York.

Brian has been riding a bike since childhood.  He could often be seen riding down the country roads with friends and he would ride his bicycle several miles to work as a teenager.  His love for cycling continued while he was stationed at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune.