San Diego Community Leader
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.
As the leaves change color and the air carries the scent of autumn, Thanksgiving beckons us to count our blessings and share our abundance. In the spirit of gratitude and giving, Guardian Community is proud to announce our partnership with local churches to bring warmth, comfort, and a bountiful Thanksgiving dinner to families in need within our community.
How You Can Lend a Hand
- Donate: Every dollar you contribute helps us supply a family with the ingredients for a memorable Thanksgiving meal.
- Spread the Word: Encourage your friends, family, and colleagues to join in our efforts to make this Thanksgiving a joyful occasion for all.