Sergeant Brian Knapp enlisted in the United States Marine Corp and served as a logistics/embarkation specialist deploying to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. In 2008, while driving a ground mobility vehicle in western Afghanistan, his vehicle was struck by an improvised explosive device (IED). Knapp was awarded the Purple Heart for wounds received.
In 2011, Knapp was honorably discharged from the Marines and enrolled in a local community college, majoring in Geographic Information Systems. During college, he successfully initiated and managed a student veterans club. Upon graduation, Knapp was hired as a Veterans and Military Outreach Specialist/ Caseworker for Representative Dan Maffei through the Chief Administrative Office's Wounded Warrior Fellowship. Today, Knapp works for the non -profit Clear Path for Veterans in New York as the Salesforce Admin/IT Manager.
Knapp continues cycling on and off road. He was selected to ride in the W100K in 2016. Camaraderie didn’t end at the W100k event, he continues to cycle with fellow W100k alumni he met there. Knapp also plays team sports to continue in his recovery, playing basketball in the winter and softball in the summer.
Brian is married to his beautiful bride, Jennifer, and they are expecting the birth of their first child in May.