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GUARDIAN COMMUNITY GUARDIAN COMMUNITY A 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Supporting And Led By Veterans & First Responders

WHO WE ARE

We walk alongside our brave veterans and first responders, offering hope, healing, and community through faith and fellowship. We believe in the transformative power of love and support in overcoming life’s most challenging battles. We’re a community led by Veterans and First Responders dedicated to supporting US Veterans and First Responders battling PTSD and beyond.
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OUR MISSION OUR MISSION We provide veterans and first responders vital support, fellowship, and resources, empowering them to thrive and find renewed purpose for FREE.

Community Projects

Supporting The Community

Trauma Counseling

In House

Emergency Financial Support

Unique For The Individual

Clothing & Food

Assistance For the Family

Employment

High Paying Jobs

STORIES & TESTIMONIALS STORIES & TESTIMONIALS

I am writing on behalf of John Withers to express how thankful he is that you all came and arranged to take down the massive tree that was leaning over his carport. He had been so stressed about that tree. The crew that you all arranged did an amazing job and were very kind.

John Withers enlisted in the Marines in 1966. He served in Vietnam, Thailand, and Hawaii. He retired after serving twenty years in the Marines. He is on full disability because of exposure to Agent Orange. Complications with diabetes lead to kidney failure. It is hard for him to admit how much help he needs now. Guardian Community made a lasting impression with this marine and his neighbors. Thank you.

Sincerely,
Mary Desern

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Retired Firefighter

“In our line of work as firefighters, we’ve got to be ready to take on someone else’s emergency like it’s our own – that’s the real heart and soul of looking out for your neighbor.  Guardian Community knows the feeling too.  We’re on a mission to track down our fellow vets and first responders across America and stand with them in their struggles.  We’re not just a resource but a community making real changes in the lives of our veterans and first responders.”

Retired Firefighter
Eddie Drozd
CEO

Veteran

“As a veteran and former US Army medic, I have seen firsthand the physical wounds of war, and how difficult it can be to live with.  However, too many of our veterans return with wounds that we cannot see, but can ultimately be even more tragic.  Our goal is to create a guardian community around our veterans and first responders to protect them and help them thrive in civilian life.”

Veteran
Steve Springer
Executive Vice President of Development

Army Veteran

“I want to thank the Guardian Community team for helping my family and me at one of the lowest points in our lives. We are trying to rebuild as quickly as we can after getting knocked down so hard, but our community has helped us expedite our recovery through the caring and support we have received.”

Army Veteran
Blair Didion

Veteran Widow

“I cannot thank you enough.  They finally have more space in their room, and Lexie’s (top bunk) bed broke right before Nathan got sick, so it never got fixed.”

Veteran Widow
Brandi

Marines

“I am writing on behalf of John Withers to express how thankful he is that you all came and arranged to take down the massive tree that was leaning over his carport. He had been so stressed about that tree. The crew that you all arranged did an amazing job and were very kind.

John Withers enlisted in the Marines in 1966. He served in Vietnam, Thailand, and Hawaii. He retired after serving twenty years in the Marines. He is on full disability because of exposure to Agent Orange. Complications with diabetes lead to kidney failure. It is hard for him to admit how much help he needs now. Guardian Community made a lasting impression with this marine and his neighbors. Thank you.”

Sincerely,
Mary Desern

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John Withers

Veteran

“I was in need for someone to help me with my children.

This program is remarkable and lifted a huge burden off of my shoulders.”

Veteran
Vanessa Goins

Veteran

“I’m a homeless disabled veteran with a special need son, we need help,so I reached out to the guardian community and Mrs. Shannon called and said they will help us. We are so grateful.

I’m thankful to come across the Guardian Community  at the right time.”

Veteran
Lania Owens

Army Veteran

“We just want to say thank you so so much to this incredible organization! Our auto insurance got canceled due to non payment and we weren’t able to take care of it on our own. They were able to help us get it back started and we couldn’t be more grateful! We are truly grateful for organizations like this one and are inspired by the work they do!”

Army Veteran
The Billies

Navy Veteran

“My wife and I recently had our first child and our bills got away from us as well as our one vehicle breaking down. We didn’t know who we could turn to for help, so we reached out to veteran’s organizations and the Guardian Community reached back out to us and helped us immediately. I cannot thank the Guardian Community enough for helping a Navy Veteran like myself and my family when I needed it most. God bless you all abundantly. This is truly a God sent organization that steps in for Veterans during hardships and times of a crisis.”

Navy Veteran
Raymond Crawford

Navy Veteran

“Drawing from my experience as a US Navy veteran, I have personally witnessed the visible scars of war and the immense challenges that accompany serving our great nation. Yet, there is a profound tragedy in the hidden wounds silently carried by numerous veterans and first responders—wounds that often inflict even greater devastation. These brave individuals suffer in silence, concealed in the shadows. At Guardian Outreach, our mission is clear: to establish a watchful community, a unified force of protectors, around our veterans and first responders. We are wholeheartedly committed to guiding them through their struggles, shielding them from harm, and empowering them to thrive as they navigate civilian life with unwavering confidence.”

Navy Veteran
Troy Dunson
Community Partner

Army Veteran

“As a US Army veteran I was privileged to walk hand and hand with those who fought without hesitation to protect and serve our country. I also know firsthand that what they have lived through leaves lasting scars, sometimes not seen by others. I lost my own father an army veteran of the Vietnam war to suicide and since then have made it my mission to save other families from that devastating loss. I’ve spent the last two years building a community of veterans and first responders who together are dedicated to fulfilling that mission.”

Army Veteran
Shannon May
Vice President

HIGHLIGHTED PROJECTS HIGHLIGHTED PROJECTS

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  • Malik started his law enforcement path early, inspired to serve. At 15, he joined the North Miami Beach Police as a Police Explorer and later served five years in the U.S. Navy, continuing in the U.S. Airforce National Guard.

    On March 26, 2023, Officer Daricaud was tragically shot in the neck during a traffic stop. Despite this, he remains stable and is courageously recovering. His journey ahead is tough, but he’s hopeful.

    During this time, his wife and son’s love supports Officer Daricaud. Yet, with hospital and rehab costs, plus lost income, his family faces financial challenges.

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  • Blair Didion, a U.S. Army Medic from 2001-2008, bravely served two tours in Iraq. In 2006, he sustained multiple spinal fractures in combat, marking his service with valor. Born and raised in Sandusky, Ohio, Blair’s life post-service has been challenging.

    Recently, Blair, along with his wife and their beloved dog and cat, faced eviction and homelessness. Our organization stepped in to assist, ensuring they find a new home and regain stability. We’re committed to supporting Blair and his family during this difficult period.

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  • This is Lance Knadler. He was born in Camp Lejeune, NC December 1989 and served in the United States Marine Corps (Infantry) from 2012-2018. He moved to Montana and started working as a correctional officer at Montana State Prison in June 2018. On August 15th, 2018, he was riding passenger when his vehicle was hit by a moose at 80mph. He broke his C5, suffered a spinal cord injury, and was in ICU for a month and rehab for 4 months at Puget Sound in Washington State and McGuire Hospital in Richmond, Virginia. He currently resides in Saint Pauls, NC with his wife (Jessica) and daughter (Yvie).

    100% of your donation goes to help Lance drive. Our organization will match your donation.*

    Phase 1 of the Driver Rehabilitation training has been paid for by Guardian Community, and Lance will begin with the therapist TODAY! 

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Mike Taylor Live and the Guardian Community

Shannon joins Mike Taylor Live to promote upcoming Guardian events in the Texas Guardian Community.
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