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Soldiering on

Original post made on Nov 10, 2011

To look at him, you wouldn't be able to tell that Jay Wilkerson is a decorated combat veteran who spent nearly 40 days in a coma and awoke unable to communicate or recognize his family or friends. He was wounded in Iraq when two rocket-propelled grenades struck his Humvee in a March 2006 blast that killed his buddy sitting next to him and left Wilkerson almost brain-dead. Wilkerson came here as part of the Sentinels of Freedom program.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, November 10, 2011, 5:01 PM

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Posted by Pleasanton Resident
a resident of Country Fair
on Nov 10, 2011 at 7:25 pm

Jay, thank you for the beautiful poem. I know the City of Pleasanton will want you to stay on as a full-time employee and support you in your transition. Thank you for your service.

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Posted by Snapshot
a resident of Livermore
on Nov 11, 2011 at 8:41 am

Jay, We are all so very proud of you at your many accomplishments. Your spirit of determination is an inspiration to all who know you. Thank you for your service to our country. May God continue to bless you and watch over you. Happy Veteran's Day Jay!

A big thank you to Mike, Doug, Tracey, Tom and others who have been so dedicated to helping Jay on his path to recovery and independence. The Sentinels of Freedom organization is a wonderful program filled with people who really care about our Veterans.

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Posted by MaryAnne
a resident of Del Prado
on Nov 11, 2011 at 10:00 am

Jay, You ARE a patriot and an inspiration. Thank you for your service to the call of our country and thank you for your spirit, which has inspired me to be better at who I am. God bess you!

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Posted by shadowbozo
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 14, 2011 at 7:44 am

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God Bless and thank you for your service. You are a credit to the uniform. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.


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Posted by Nancy and John Johnsen
a resident of Livermore
on Nov 17, 2011 at 11:44 am

Jay, Thank you, Sir, for your service and your courage and for your overwhelming inspiration. God bless you and keep you safe and progressing forward. We in the Pleasanton and Livermore Military Families are here for you. Thank you again, Sir.

Nancy and John Johnsen, Coast Guard parents, Livermore

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Posted by dissappointed
a resident of Downtown
on Aug 19, 2012 at 11:42 pm

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