Philip Cox joined the US Army shortly after completing his undergraduate studies, as a Chaplain Assistant, though he feels that the Army’s new title for his position — Religious Support Specialist — betters describes his charge to nurture the living, care for the wounded, and honor the fallen. During his eight years of service, Phil deployed to both Afghanistan and Iraq. Soon after returning from Iraq, he separated from service as a Staff Sergeant.
After separation, Phil worked towards a graduate degree at Wake Forest University, which allowed him to pursue research into health, exercise, and psychology. Life after leaving the military presented Phil with a number of opportunities and challenges, but he has found his No Barriers Rope Team to be uniquely positioned to help him spur self-acceptance and growth. He looks forward to this expedition as an opportunity to share that experience forward with a group of like-minded veterans. Through this expedition, Phil hopes to expand upon his No Barriers pledge and to continue his journey with the No Barriers Life.
Phil is an alumnus of the 7-Day Backcountry Expedition in the Gila Wilderness that took place on May 13-11, 2017.