Major Van Brinson enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 1986 and was selected for a commissioning program in 1988. He was commissioned as a second lieutenant in 1992 after his graduation from North Carolina State University. During his time in the Marine Corps, Major Brinson served as a Communications Officer for three years prior to being selected for training as a Naval Aviator. He received his wings in 1997 and since has been stationed in El Toro and Miramar, California and Quantico, Virginia.
He has participated in humanitarian assistance operations in East Timor, the evacuation of the crew of the USS Cole and has flown in both Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. Upon his return from Iraq, Major Brinson was selected for duty with the Presidential Helicopter Squadron, HMX-1 where he served for four years. He was later assigned to the Operations Department at the Marine Corps Air Facility, Quantico Virginia.
He retired from the Marine Corps in August, 2010. Major Brinson first became associated with World T.E.A.M. Sports during the inaugural Face of America Ride. Having seen the difference that athletics made in the lives of wounded service members, he became more actively involved with World T.E.A.M. Sports. In November, 2010, he joined World T.E.A.M. Sports as Chief Operations Officer and directed the 2011 Face of America Ride and other events.
He and his wife Allyson live in Alexandria, Virginia and welcomed their first child in August, 2010.