• Sgt. 1st Class Corey Edwards, Fort Hood WTB, acknowledges the crowd while heading out on the route to Waco April 11. Daniel Cernero, Sentinel Sports Editor

    Sgt. 1st Class Corey Edwards, Fort Hood WTB...

    Sgt. 1st Class Corey Edwards, Fort Hood WTB, acknowledges the crowd while heading out on the route to Waco April 11. Daniel Cernero, Sentinel Sports Editor

  • Sgt. 1st Class Corey Edwards, a participant in the Ride2Recovery Texas Challenge, rides into III Corps Headquarters April 11. R2R is a recovery and rehabilitation program that helps injured veterans through spinning and outdoor cycling. Staff Sgt. Terrance Rhodes, 11th PAD

    Sgt. 1st Class Corey Edwards, a participant in...

    Sgt. 1st Class Corey Edwards, a participant in the Ride2Recovery Texas Challenge, rides into III Corps Headquarters April 11. R2R is a recovery and rehabilitation program that helps injured veterans through spinning and outdoor cycling. Staff Sgt...

  • Sgt. 1st Class Corey Edwards smiles while waiting for the Texas Challenge Ride2Recovery rally to begin at III Corps Headquarters April 11. The six-day challenge began at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio and ends in Arlington. Staff Sgt. Terrance Rhodes, 11th PAD

    Sgt. 1st Class Corey Edwards smiles while...

    Sgt. 1st Class Corey Edwards smiles while waiting for the Texas Challenge Ride2Recovery rally to begin at III Corps Headquarters April 11. The six-day challenge began at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio and ends in Arlington. Staff Sgt...

When a Soldier gets injured on the battlefield, sometimes it can leave scars that aren't always seen by the human eye. Often times, Soldiers tend to hide battlefield scars because they don't want their fellow Soldiers to think of them differently. Ride2Recovery helps to heal those scars.

Sgt. 1st Class Corey Edwards, a Soldier with Company B, 1st Battalion, Warrior Transition Brigade uses R2R as an outlet to heal some of his scars.

In June 2011, while attached to the 365th Combat Support Sustainment Battalion, Edwards's vehicle was hit by a improvised explosive device while on convoy in Shindand, Afghanistan. Edwards suffered from a torn meniscus in his knee and a broken hand.

"That incident changed my life forever," Edwards said. "It gave me a different perspective on my life and what I do as a Soldier."

After his initial treatment at Fort Hood's Warrior Transition Brigade for his physical injuries, Edwards learned that some of his injuries weren't just physical.

"I didn't realize the emotional toll that the IED blast had on me," Edwards said. "I developed anxiety, bad sleeping habits and combat stress."

Edwards said he was in denial about his emotions and the things he was feeling.

"I didn't want my chain of command to look at me differently," Edwards continued. "I was trying to show everybody that this incident didn't have a affect on me,"

Through the help of R2R, Edwards found a way to deal his with his emotions and a physical outlet to do something different.

"Ride2Recovery has helped me deal with my emotions and physical therapy," Edwards laughed. "I had a choice of physical therapy or R2R, and I choose the later."

John Wordin, founder of R2R, believes that R2R helps speed up the recovery and rehabilitation process with its organized group cycling.

"It helps our injured veterans, not only physically but mentally," Wordin said. "It gives them a chance to get back in the fight."

Sgt. Andrea Talley, a fellow R2R rider, with Company A, 1st Bn., WTB, helped train Edwards for the Texas challenge.

"We trained up for a month, three days a week, doing 25 miles each day," Talley said. "He brings a lot of spirit to our team; he's very motivated to push hard and not let any of us give up.

"This is his first Texas challenge, but you would think he's been doing this for years," Talley added.

Though the R2R can take its toll on the body, Edwards is the kind of guy who loves a challenge, and with this ride, he got that challenge.

"I wish I would have signed up years ago," Edwards said. "It's been a challenge mentally and physically so far, but it's worth it."

Edwards's intent is to show other Soldiers that no obstacle they face is too large for them.

"Regardless of what comes my way I'm not going to stop," Edwards said. "You have to keep moving forward.

"We have to keep pushing until we find our breaking point."

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