For the De Leon family, December 3rd was a day a long time in coming. That’s the day that the Texas Sentinels Foundation San Antonio Team and Tilson Homes formally presented Retired Army Sergeant Jorge De Leon with a new custom built home. The event represents over a year of labor and fundraising initiated by the RE/MAX of Texas founded non profit organization Texas Sentinels Foundation. Over 150 community members, including representatives of RE/MAX of Texas and many San Antonio RE/MAX agents attended the presentation. Texas Sentinels Foundation Co-Founder Richard Filip addressed the crowd along with Jorge’s father, and BABASOT President and 2010 CNN Hero Nominee Dan Wallrath.
The home’s recipient, Jorge De Leon, was injured during his second and final tour of duty in Afghanistan in 2004. While maneuvering his Humvee to avoid an insurgent attack, he drove over an anti-tank mine. As a result of the attack, Jorge lost his right leg up to his knee and his left leg was broken in three places. The blast also took the hearing in his one ear and left him with Traumatic Brain Injury. 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.
De Leon was first announced as the first Texas Sentinel in San Antonio last October Since then, the Texas Sentinels Foundation San Antonio Team, led by RE/MAX Realtor Patsy Oakley, has worked closely with Tilson Homes and numerous local suppliers to make the home a reality. “It’s truly inspiring to see the results that can be produced when a community bands together to help one of its own,” says Patsy. “We are so grateful for the many craftsmen and suppliers who donated both their time and their materials so that this family could have a place to truly call home.”
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