We’ve all come a long way since we started the Texas Sentinels Foundation back in 2007. But all the work and generous support have paid off and our program has taken flight in another Texas city. On October 27, 2009, the Texas Sentinels Foundation in alliance with Bay Area Builders Association Support Our Troops named a second Texas Sentinel: (Ret.) Army Sergeant Jorge De Leon.
In 2004, Army Sergeant Jorge De Leon lost his leg and suffered loss of hearing and Traumatic Brain Injury in Afghanistan. While maneuvering his Humvee to avoid an insurgent attack, he drove over an anti-tank mine. Wheelchair-bound and despairing of how he would take care of his family after being discharged, Jorge dedicated himself to recovery. Today he walks with the use of a computer controlled prosthetic leg and has joined the Coalition to Salute America’s Heroes full-time as a national spokesman.
Veterans, community leaders and of course RE/MAX Associates from around San Antonio attended yesterday’s luncheon to meet Jorge and pledge their support to him. Texas Congressional Representative Frank Corte attended and spoke on the efforts the state of Texas is making on behalf of our troops. RE/MAX Associate Patsy Oakley of RE/MAX Preferred took up the call to serve as our enthusiastic San Antonio Team Leader, heading a team of RE/MAX Associates that will raise $100,000 for the San Antonio Texas Sentinel Scholarship. The De Leon family’s new custom home will be provided courtesy of San Antonio builder Edward Martin of Tilson Homes and the Texas Sentinels Foundation.
But of course, we still have more work ahead of us. We want to keep the momentum going in the Metroplex, where we hope to have another Texas Sentinel Candidate before the end of the year. Our event in San Antonio received excellent news coverage by major local networks ABC (click here to view video) and Fox (click here to view video) as well as the San Antonio Express News.
Thank you for all your support!