Great American Outdoor Show

We are in the final days of the Great American Outdoor Show in Harrisburg PA.  It has been a long week with some exhausting days.  Coordinating assistance, working with the event staff and organizing the display has caused anxiety, frustration and sapped me of much energy.  Although I’m happy to see it coming to an end I am even more joyous about the connections I have made and the countless people I have shared my message with.  The turnout and response from the attending crowd have made it all worth wild.  Nash and I will return home on Monday and I am excited to see my children.  I miss them very much and long to spend some time relaxing and just being near them.   Continue reading “Great American Outdoor Show”

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”

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:”

First fundraising Event

Jeeps in the Vineyard:

I will be attending the annual event at Velenzano Winery in Shamong NJ.  This is their 9th year hosting the event and expect over 300 Jeeps in attendance.  It is designated to honor Veterans and show off Jeeps.  It’s said to be the biggest one day Jeep show in the North East.  So if you’re a Jeep lover this is an event for you.  Jeeps, American pride, and wine.   I will be in attendance with a table and some free Mission 22 swag.  I will also be providing information for The Weekly Fight.  This is my first event on a path to many more.

I have finally set up a Go Fund Me page.  All funds raised will go to support my trip via, fuel, tolls, some camping costs and event entry fees.  I will be looking to keep costs low and I am still actively seeking sponsorship in order to ensure a majority of donated funds go to these outstanding organizations and the programs they have in place.  I will supply further details in a followup blog and video.

Until then, hit the road, thank a vet and officer.

Semper-Fi & God Bless

 

Introduction to a Worthy Cause

Good day friends.

I’m sorry about the long delay between posts lately.  I have been working diligently on a very important manner regarding the upcoming expedition.  While traveling home from the overland Expo earlier this month I had a lot of time to really think hard about things.  My focus was on this journey and what it was going to look like.  After a long and emotional ride home I came to the indisputable decision that this trip had to be something bigger than me.  Although it essence it is still my journey to find a deeper version of myself I had to do something for others along the way.

I am incorporating a side mission of bringing Awareness to Veteran and First Responder SuicideContinue reading “Introduction to a Worthy Cause”