MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. – Brotherhood, loyalty and commitment may just be words to most, but for Sgt. Jeremy Anderson, they are a way of life.
“I have always felt that it is my duty to take care of Marines,” said Anderson, an athlete from Wounded Warrior Battalion – East competing in the 2015 Marine Corps Trials. “Coming up through the Marine Corps I had leadership, but they weren't really fully engaged so now that I am in the position I am in, I want to help as much as possible.”
March 3, 2015 - Sgt. Jeremy Anderson, from Birmingham, Alabama, encourages his teammate at a wheelchair basketball practice during the 2015 Marine Corps Trials Competition provides opportunities for the Marines to train as athletes, while increasing their strength so they can continue their military service or develop healthy habits for life outside the service. The Marine Corps Wounded Warrior Regiment enables wounded, ill, or injured Marines to focus on their abilities and to find new avenues to thrive. The fifth annual Marine Corps Trials was held at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., March 3-11, 2015. Athletes competed in archery, cycling, shooting, swimming, track, field, sitting volleyball, and wheelchair basketball. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Jared Lingafelt)
Anderson has served numerous job titles and billets throughout his career including barracks manager, training clerk and staff judge advocate clerk, but it was the injuries he sustained while serving as a field artillery man that eventually landed him at the Wounded Warrior Regiment.
Deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan took their toll on Anderson's mind and body, but despite the challenges he faced, his focus remained on helping out his Marines.
“When I sit down and talk to a Marine and know that I have helped them out, even if it is just talking to them and letting them vent, they walk away feeling better and it's a great feeling to know I was a part of that,” said Anderson, a Birmingham, Alabama, native. “I may have lost a little bit of sleep or it may have taken a couple hours out of my day, but I know that the Marine will be ok and that is what it's all about. I wouldn't let anyone in my family go without something so why should it be any different for fellow Marines?”
Anderson's physical injuries make conducting daily tasks a challenge. Using a cane to aid even the simplest movements, Anderson never lets his injuries get in-between him and his Marines.
“I will do whatever I can to help someone out,” said Anderson. “I If I just sat around all day and didn't put myself out there, I wouldn't be taking care of Marines. It's our brothers and sisters in arms that matter.”
Cpl. Barney Oldfield, a friend of Anderson, says Anderson's devotion and loyalty to his brothers and sisters in arms isn't limited to the workweek – he's available to lend a hand or an ear whenever a Marine needs it.
“There was one incident when I was in Chipotle, I was having a hard time because there were so many people,” said Oldfield, a Longmont, Colorado, native. “He was there with his family and he saw that I was having trouble and that was all it took. He came over to me, stayed with me in line and talked to me in my car to make sure I was ok because he has that brotherhood mentality. Just because you are another Marine, you are already a brother or sister to him.”
Upon completion of the Marine Corps Trials, Anderson hopes to return to Camp Lejeune with more experience and knowledge to help new Marines transitioning into WWBn. - East.
“I'm still in the process of learning how everything works there so when someone new does come in, I can be there to help,” said Anderson. “As leaders we have to pass on the knowledge and information that we have to our Marines because the more knowledge they have, the more successful they will be and in turn, the more successful the Marine Corps will be.”
By U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Jared Lingafelt
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