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Sentinels of Freedom elects new officers

DULUTH - The group committed to bringing severely wounded soldiers that have been medically discharged to live in Gwinnett County has elected its new officers. This comes just one month after the group - Sentinels of Freedom Gwinnett - officially received its charitable, nonprofit status from the government.

"Our typical sentinel would be a multiple amputee or burn victim, most likely under 25 years of age with a wife and one or more young children," former President Karen Love said in a statement. "Our aim is to give them the opportunity to have a home, a form of transportation, an education, help around the house with routine maintenance and continuous life skill leadership from our community."

Love is the group's founder in Gwinnett and brought it to the county in 2007. She'll now serve as an advisory board trustee.

The organization's new president is Tim Thornberry, a former platoon sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps who served two tours in Iraq. Thornberry now works as a financial planner and has an office in Suwanee.

"We intend to help them achieve normalcy status by working along side them and being there for them," Thornberry also said in a statement.

The group is offering free housing, a free car or van properly outfitted with the needs of the individual, up to four years of free college education and help on a daily basis with everyday living problems from former military people in Gwinnett and volunteers.

The new vice president of the group is George Rhode, a former U.S. Army Sergeant and also a medical retiree. The new secretary is Maegan Lugan and Renie Vics was elected treasurer. Continuing their service on the board of directors will be Linda Adams, Al Brown, Alice Hoskins and Jesse Vics.

For more information on the group or to volunteer, visit the group's Web site at www.SentinelsofFreedomGwinnett.org.