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‘You always get back up’

By Staff Sgt. David Salanitri
Airman Magazine

Retired Master Sgt. Tony Anderson spends time on the beach
Retired Master Sgt. Tony Anderson has taken part in the Navarre Beach Surf Warrior program for three years. Anderson, a wounded warrior, believes spending time on the water is the best therapy for him. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. David Salanitri)

As he sinks his toes into the white sand, the familiar saltwater air fills retired Master Sgt. Tony Anderson’s nose.

The former special operations Airman’s chest expands as he draws in a deep, deliberate breath, attempting to capture some sort of relaxation in the air. Exhaling, he releases his breath forcefully, pushing out any anxiety or inner demons.

The crashing Florida Gulf Coast waves echoing in his ear is a comforting sound he’s heard since childhood, growing up less than 12 miles away in Milton, Fla. They also serve as a reminder that his life hasn’t always been a calm, peaceful existence. Continue reading ‘You always get back up’