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Shannon May- Army Veteran Vice President, West

“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.”

San Antonio is affectionately known as ‘Military City USA,’ not only because we’re home to three military bases, but also because we have one of the highest populations of retired veterans in the country. Many of these veterans require support in various forms, and The Guardian Community is dedicated to providing that aid. Whether it’s through organizing weekly golf outings where veterans and first responders can connect with peers, or addressing other needs that may arise—we’re here to help. The Guardian Community, comprised of veterans and first responders, understands the challenges in accessing necessary resources. If you or someone you know could use a helping hand, don’t hesitate to reach out. We’re here to assist in any way we can.”
Shannon May

Team Members Team Members

Outreach Manager

Justin Dooley

Outreach Manager
Outreach Specialists

Brian Jones

Outreach Specialists
Outreach Specialists

Claire Ermer

Outreach Specialists
Outreach Specialists

Sandra Stephenson

Outreach Specialists

Highlighted Veteran Projects Highlighted Veteran 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! 

We’re on a mission to help as many as we can this year.  Want to join the fight?

How You Can Lend a Hand

  • Donate: Every dollar you contribute helps us support our heroes.
  • Spread the Word: Encourage your friends, family, and colleagues to join in our efforts.
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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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