2 wounded warriors receive scholarships from Sentinels of Freedom organization

Group provides 4 years of assistance on jobs, housing, college education

Two more veterans from Iraq have been welcomed to the Tri-Valley with scholarships from the Sentinels of Freedom Foundation at a ceremony at Bridges Golf Club in San Ramon.

The organization provides four-year "life scholarships," to severely wounded veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan.

The Sentinels' Scholarship recipients were U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Matthew Carhart and U.S. Army Cpl. Elizabeth Bailey Wafflard.

Representatives from veterans groups presented the flags of the five branches of service: Army, Navy, Marines, Coast Guard, and Air Force.

San Ramon Mayor H. Abram Wilson, a Vietnam War veteran, received a standing ovation when he said, "Duty, honor, country - these three words build courage."

Other speakers included Danville Mayor Mike Doyle, and Pleasanton Vice Mayor Jerry Thorne.

Sentinels of Freedom provides four-year "life scholarships" to severely wounded veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan. It was founded in San Ramon in 2004 and has been expanded across the country. Carhart and Wafflard will receive assistance on jobs, housing and higher education for the four years they are in the program.

Two of the original Sentinels of Freedom were Jake Brown, the first scholarship recipient, who was hired in a management position by Sybase in Dublin; and the second recipient, Manny Mendoza-Velencia, who has just purchased his own first home, in Danville.

— Roz Rogoff

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Posted by Anpnympus
a resident of Carriage Gardens
on Mar 1, 2010 at 8:10 am

The service peopel in the phopto don't look injured.Are they missing an arm or something that isn't shown in the photo?

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Posted by No ID
a resident of Downtown
on Mar 1, 2010 at 1:10 pm

The service members in the photo are the "representatives" of different services, not the ones that received the scholarships.

It would be nice to see the receipients, wouldn't it?

It would also be nice to ID those that traveled to represent their service at the ceremonies.

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