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.
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posted Friday, February 6, 2009, 12:00 AM