Roadblocks and Detours

Hello friends,

I know it has been a while since I posted anything.  I don’t want you to think I have given up on this or you.  Unfortunately, the past couple of weeks since my last event have been really really rough.  I have received a quadruple nut slap, sorry but that’s the best way to describe it.

These different and overall unrelated issues really beat me down and discouraged the hell out of me.   So I had to spend some extra time just getting back to a state that is good for me before writing again.

On the good side, I have done some good work and these things that would Continue reading “Roadblocks and Detours”

Thoughts of the week

The holiday season is coming to an end and a new year is just around the corner.  This by far has been the toughest year I have ever faced.  Filled with loss and pain.  It has also been filled with growth and hope.

We have all experienced a major loss.  The first year of facing birthdays, holidays and anniversaries after the pain of losing someone close is always a tough one.  The grieving and painful realization of how different life is going to be without them.  Traditions may need to be altered and the family dynamic may be completely different.

Most of us have been prepared for these larger shakeups with the Continue reading “Thoughts of the week”

Why this journey, why this mission:

My story.

My name is Thomas Knapp. I’ve served 17 years in the United States Marine Corps (Jan 1993 – Sept 2013) and obtained the rank of Gunnery Sargent.  During those years, I served two tours in Iraq, in 2003 and 2004.  I have also served 11 years with my local police department holding a supervisor position and the rank of Sargent.  I was a member of the department SWAT team functioning as an operator and sniper.  I am proud of my service and worked hard to uphold high standards and lead those I was in charge of with dignity and respect.

I am also a father of three beautiful and awesome human beings.  Two sons Continue reading “Why this journey, why this mission:”

The Line of Departure:

In the Corps, we have a term “the Line of Departure”.  It refers to the starting point for an attack on an enemy position.  It’s your last chance to get your shit together or make changes before the attack kicks off.  Well, this weekend the line was crossed for me.  I had my first event as an ambassador to Mission 22 and The Weekly Fight.  I made my 1st assault on an enemy that has been viciously attacking me and so many of my brothers and sisters in uniform.

Saturday, Nov 11th, I attended the Jeeps in the Vineyard hosted by Grass Roots Jeep Club.  Although cold, the weather at Valenzano Family Winery was beautiful.  It was an amazing showing at this Veteran’s day event. Continue reading “The Line of Departure:”