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Claudette Tanabe-Smith Outreach Director

As a San Diego native with a personal connection to service – my father was both a police officer and a marine – I have a profound respect and gratitude for our veterans and first responders. My background, which includes playing football for San Diego Rebellion and earning a degree in broadcast journalism, has instilled in me the importance of teamwork, strategy, and clear dialogue, all of which are crucial in my advocacy for these community heroes.

My focus is on enhancing the lives of San Diego’s veterans, particularly in the realm of healthcare. Recognizing the unique physical and mental challenges they face due to their service, I am committed to advocating for comprehensive healthcare services tailored to their specific needs. This involves pushing for expanded healthcare options, increased mental health service funding, and improved care coordination.

In addition to healthcare, I am passionate about facilitating veterans’ transition into civilian life, particularly through employment opportunities. I support programs that offer job training, networking prospects, and resources essential for a smooth transition to civilian employment.

For our first responders, ensuring they have the necessary resources, training, and support is a priority. This includes advocating for sufficient funding and resources to perform their duties safely and effectively, as well as initiatives focused on their mental health and well-being, including counseling services and stress management programs.

Finally, honoring and recognizing the sacrifices of our veterans and first responders is paramount. I am an active proponent of events and ceremonies that celebrate their service, alongside initiatives that create lasting memorials and community benefits for them.

In essence, my goal is to positively influence the lives of San Diego’s veterans and first responders, ensuring they receive the healthcare, employment support, and recognition they richly deserve for their invaluable service to our community.

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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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