Specialist Earl Cox joined the U.S. Army National Guard in 2009 after attending two years of college. He had been awarded a scholarship and played football at a junior college in Massachusetts for a year, followed by a year at Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas.
Cox discovered his love for the Army soon after boot camp and wished he had gone active duty instead of serving in the National Guard. He loved being in the Army. From 2012 - 2013, Cox deployed to Afghanistan as a Joint Fire Support Specialist. He was tasked with compound security at various locations around the country. Cox was honorably discharged in 2014.
Cox uses the sport of mountain biking and seeks care through the VA to help his symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress (PTS). Additionally, he is an advocate for getting other struggling veterans off the couch and out riding.
Currently, Cox lives in Landover Hills, Maryland. He is married to Melanie. They have two daughters, Zolah and Zariah, and they are expecting a son in October.