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Newsfront - October 24, 2008

Iraq veteran tosses first pitch for Giants

The ceremonial "first pitch" honors at the Giants vs. Dodgers recent game at AT&T Park went to Manuel (Manny) Mendoza-Valencia, an Iraq war veteran and a recipient of a Sentinel of Freedom Scholarship.

U.S. Army Sgt. Mendoza-Valencia lost both of his legs after an Improvised Explosive Device detonated while he was on board an armored personnel carrier in Sadr City, Iraq. The Sentinels of Freedom Scholarship Foundation assists disabled veterans like Mendoza-Valencia in their efforts to become productive, self-sufficient, integrated members of this community upon their return to civilian life.

Mendoza-Valencia was assisted in the first pitch by Chris Truebridge of Shapell Homes. Shapell donated an apartment in San Ramon for Mendoza-Valencia to live rent free during his scholarship.

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