The Guardians Foundation is a nonprofit 501(C)(3) public charity that assists military veterans and their families.

Meet Founder & Executive Director, SSG Michael L. Shaw

Founder & Executive Director, SSG Michael L. Shaw, ID Army National Guard with Idaho Governor, Butch Otter

The Guardians Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) public charity that assists military veterans and their families, primarily with homelessness, but also with food, clothing, household items, counseling referrals, educational & job opportunities, and unexpected expenses.

The Guardians Foundation was founded by SSG Michael L. Shaw, United States Army, Idaho National Guard, while he was deployed in Baghdad, Iraq in support of Operation New Dawn and the Global War on Terror (2011).


Founder's Vision

In the current economic climate, short term fixes have never been a workable solution for prosecuting our mission statement. To relieve joblessness in the veteran community, a new vision was necessary to continue making our mission statement successful.

After three years of working with at-risk veterans, it became clear that there is a need for a revolutionary program which has evolved into our current platform to assist these individuals. This will lead to generational change. A long term positive impact on the community will be the result.



Veterans Helping Veterans Active Programs


Identify needs

Transitional housing

Case management

Job placement

Outdoor sportsmanship and esteem building

Assistance with unexpected expenses


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