A dozen bicyclists - at least one of whom is a wounded military veteran - left San Francisco early Tuesday morning on a 544-mile journey to Camp Pendleton in San Diego County. The bikers are raising money for the Sentinels of Freedom, a San Ramon-based foundation that help wounded military veterans transition back into society. Sentinels find jobs, transportation and housing for the vets, and provide a college scholarship. A team of volunteers and civic leaders act as the "guardian angels" support group for these Sentinels.
"It's pretty darn special to us," said Mike Conklin, CEO of the Sentinels of Freedom, who attended the kick-off rally. "We can't thank you enough. It creates awareness of our mission."
For more information or to donate, visit www.SentinelsOfFreedom.org. To learn more about the ride, go to www.TheCaliforniaTour.org.