Claudia Thomas has served as a Lead Fire Investigator, Medic, and Communications Specialist. Her experience as a Critical Incident Stress Manager was put to the ultimate test as she walked the World Trade Center site following the attacks of September 11, 2001. Thomas’ professional background in business, as well as her emergency services experience, was called into service during two deployments to Iraq, where she served with an Intelligence Agency, and later as a Human Resource Manager. She was called to service again in Afghanistan where she worked under the State Department, Homeland Security, Custom and Border Police, as an Administrative Officer. Mother of two, grandmother, and patriot, Ms. Thomas boldly speaks out for the rights of all people, and founded a support group for 9/11 Responders, Survivors, and Family Members, which serves several thousands of people.