Purpose, Vision, Mission, and Values

Our Purpose: To recognize our defenders for their selfless service on behalf of our country and community by extending exclusive discounts and other promotional offerings, on products, services, and other opportunities.

Our Vision: An America that is fully committed to our active military, veterans and first responders, establishing a sense of honor, respect, and support for those who have served, are currently serving and those who will serve in the future.

Our Mission: To develop a national network of businesses and organizations that recognize our Defenders service by extending discounts and other promotional offerings on products, services, and opportunities that will support and enhance the lives of our Active Military, Veterans, and First Responders.

Our Values:
  • Honesty and Integrity
  • Honoring those who serve our nation and communities
  • Respect for those who defend us and who have sacrificed so much to protect the freedoms we enjoy

The Founders

Defenders Gateway founders are Carol Watanabe and Dave Luna.

Carol Watanabe

Carol Watanabe, Chief Executive Officer

Carol retired from a successful private business and founded a charity over thirteen years ago that serves Military families. Defenders Gateway was an idea she had for several years, a way to honor Veterans and First Responders. Carol has a long history of supporting and serving Veterans families through her 501c3 charity, Little Patriots Embraced. Carol is excited to have created an all-encompassing application that will allow her to continue to serve and support our American Heroes. carolw@defenders-gateway.com

Dave Luna

Dave Luna, Executive Vice President of Sales & Marketing

Dave is a former Chief Warrant Officer and Medivac Pilot. His last 33 years in business has been in healthcare software and sales. Dave is enthusiastic and committed to giving back to his fellow Veterans through Defenders Gateway. dave.luna@defenders-gateway.com

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