Joined the U.S. Army in November 2006, deployed to Sadr City, Iraq in 2008, conducting urban operations to include counter IED measures. August 26, 2008, the vehicle I was gunning was struck by an IED which resulted in the bi-lateral amputation of both my legs above the knees. I spent the next 3 years at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington D.C., having almost 60 major surgeries before moving back to Michigan in 2011. Since that time I have chosen not to let the injuries I sustained define who I am as a person. I have dedicated a substantial portion of my time to getting back into shape. Not only for health reason but to break down barriers of what “disabled” looks like. I have successfully competed and completed 22 marathons to date including Boston, New York, Detroit and the Marine Corps marathons as a handcyclist. I have also taken on a role as an adaptive athlete in CrossFit and as a public speaker, sharing my story and providing inspiration for others. I have a powerlifting background and won the 1998 USAPL Junior National Powerlifting Championship at 15 in the 242 pound division. My wife recently gave birth to our first child, Finnegan Gene Koulchar in July 2016. We live in Brighton with our 2 dogs Demo and Blitz and I currently work full time as a veteran’s service o cer for Livingston County.


  • CrossFit CF-L1-2016
  • USAW Weightlifting Coach-2017
  • CPR/First Aid Certified

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