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A 'sentinel' of freedom moves to Pleasanton

Original post made on Feb 13, 2009

Jay Wilkerson was honored by the City Council last Tuesday. A former Army sergeant who suffered severe head injuries three years ago when rocket-propelled grenades struck his Humvee, Wilkerson has now moved to Pleasanton under a Sentinels of Freedom program that helps seriously wounded veterans re-start their lives. Championed by Councilman Jerry Thorne and its founder Mike Conklin, Sentinels is unique in the U.S. in that it uses contributions and grants to provide comprehensive support systems for some 30 recovering soldiers like Wilkerson to again assimilate in communities and fulfill their ambitions. In Wilkerson's case, Pleasanton mentors in the Sentinels organization include David Cooper, Doug Miller and Judy Lloyd who will be working with Wilkerson to move into an apartment the Sentinels organization is providing in the Promenade apartment complex on Case Avenue. He also has been given a car and a full four-year college scholarship, and he's already signed up for summer classes at Los Positas College.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, February 6, 2009, 12:00 AM

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Posted by Karen Silveira
a resident of Livermore
on Feb 13, 2009 at 11:08 am

Praise God for this brave young man. I wish JAY all the best. My son just arrived home from Iraq. In the military, we are all family. Welcome home to JAY!! I have experienced a HUGE support system for our military as they come back home, especially from the VETS and local Politicians. Thanks to all of them as well. Most Sincerely, Karen


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Posted by Jerry
a resident of Oak Hill
on Feb 13, 2009 at 11:16 am

Thanks for your service Sergeant Wilkerson.

You are one of the best of the best our country has to offer.

I wish you well...


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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Feb 13, 2009 at 3:44 pm

Dear Sergeant Wilson,

Thank you for you courageous service to our country. I salute you!


101st Airborn
Fort Campbell Kentucky
Vietnam Veteran


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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Feb 13, 2009 at 3:45 pm

Correction: Thank you for your service to our country. I SALUTE YOU!


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Posted by marie
a resident of Del Prado
on Feb 15, 2009 at 1:10 pm

A hearty welcome home to you, Jay! My family is thankful you served our country (as did both of our fathers) and we wish you a continued recovery. Your wonderful smile hints at a very strong and determined soul. May Pleasanton and its community provide you with the structure on which you continue to climb.

Many prayers for you!


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Posted by DMZ- LT
a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on May 4, 2009 at 4:55 am

Welcome Home ! Thank you for your service. Opa , Vietnam Vet , 101st.


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