Lance Cpl. Anderson, 22, was assigned to combat duty as an infantryman with the 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, and deployed on a seven-month tour of Sangin, Afghanistan — a small community of 14,000 residents in the southern part of the country, and a hotbed for Taliban activity.
In the seven months Anderson was in Sangin, his battalion lost 25 Marines, and hundreds of others were wounded — mostly by IEDs (improvised explosive devices).
Anderson said he is looking forward to the opportunity to pursue a new career. He knows he was fortunate during his time fighting the Taliban.
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