Collier County Veterans Council "Honoring All Who Serve"
Collier County Veterans Council"Honoring All Who Serve"

The next CCVC meeting will be April 15th. Location is Naples City Council Chambers, 735 8th Street South, Naples, Florida 34102. Veterans Council meetings will be held there for the forseeable future. All veterans are encouraged to attend. Please, arrive 30 minutes early in order to visit with other members of the gallery. We start promptly at 7pm without delay.  If you would like to address the Council and membership, contact President CPO William Carl to have your name added to the agenda.

Welcome to Collier County Veterans Council.


The Veterans Council of Collier County is the umbrella organization of the 20 veterans groups that exist in Collier County, Florida.

The Veterans Council is comprised of representatives from each group and meets the 3rd Wednesday of each month.


We bring all groups together for networking and fellowship in an otherwise fragmented community.  We each have our allegiances, but are fighting the same battle.  United we stand.

Meetings are open to all veterans.


For additional information call 239.478.7441

Always remember that September 11th was an attack on you and every American. 

The Global War on Terrorism will never stop

The victims of the terrorist attacks on September 11th must never be forgotten.  America's rage will never be quenched.  Take time to share your feelings with young people so they too will hold this heinous crime in their hearts. It is every American's duty to honor this day as a staggering assault on American culture. Stand up for the Constitution and American culture. Never let this day fade from memory! 

The U.S. Postal Service today announced that a semipostal stamp to help raise funds for those diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is being issued Dec. 2 at McGlohon Theater at Spirit Square in Charlotte, NC.

The Healing PTSD semipostal stamp features a photographic illustration of a green plant sprouting from the ground, which is covered in fallen leaves. The image is intended to symbolize the PTSD healing process. Art director Greg Breeding designed the stamp with original art by Mark Laita.

Tens of millions of Americans will experience PTSD in their lifetimes. Today, the nation is increasingly dedicated to compassionately treating this mental health issue.

While post-traumatic disorders have long been a subject of study, PTSD was not officially added to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, a widely used reference guide published by the American Psychiatric Association, until the late 20th century.


2019 Third Quarter President's Newsletter


To all our friends and Members of the Collier County Veterans Council,


Welcome to our third quarterly newsletter of 2019 and, as always, I would like to take a moment to wish you and your families the very best.


I will start this in the most commonly verbal greeting used in the United States Military which is an expression of enthusiasm. If you’re not sure what I mean, walk up to a US Marine and ask him to defend this country with everything he can muster up in every fiber of his body and I am sure you will get a very loud response.

Oorah, which is a battle cry in the US Marine Corps since the mid-20th century. It is comparable to Hooah in the US Army and Hooyah in the US Navy and US Coast Guard.


Title 38 of the Code of Federal Regulations defines a veteran as “a person who served in the active Military, naval, or air service and who was discharged or released under conditions other than dishonorable."

Now, let’s discuss some very sensitive, very serious, and incredibly prevalent issues among today’s veterans. If you know someone who suffers from PTSD, suicidal thoughts/tendencies, or who is currently experiencing or is at risk for becoming homeless, I can guarantee that we will give you the information and the tools to find the proper direction for them to get the help they need.

After taking the role of CCVC President, I have taken a very hard turn in my life. I was just Honorably Discharged from the military after 30 plus years of service and I wanted to help the veteran community dealing with Homelessness, PTSD, and Suicide. I have had personal experience in my family growing up in all three areas. Please don’t pass by a person who needs help thinking “Why should I get involved?” Instead, please ask yourself, “What’s stopping me from helping?” I know from experience that the pride of a veteran, or even a civilian in need, can make it extremely hard to ask for help. I do not want any person to be afraid to reach out for help.  So, let’s please keep an eye out for those in need. You might just make all the difference in the world to someone. 

I started on my own to find our local homeless veterans living in tent cities in our own community. I was taking food and water, putting it in a backpack, and handing out to the homeless veterans and civilians. At the beginning I did not have any training or guidance until a meeting called the “Veterans Expo” a table that everyone wanted to help veterans but no one has been to or knew about the tent cities. I met with David from the Veteran Center in Naples, FL and we both filled backpacks and started our own walk as a team.

Now, a few years later, a new veterans group is doing that and making it better by getting an accurate homeless veterans count.

Bear with me because I am getting somewhere dealing with homeless veterans.  Start at the basics.  If you're wanting to help, just take the time and read this through, please. Proof of Identification is a must because most homeless do not have DD-214 or separation paperwork on them but driver’s license, a name and SSN can help. Don’t be surprised if you meet someone on a drug or alcohol addiction and will say they are a veteran because they think that’s all you are willing to help. Remember, when you meet a homeless man or woman and no matter the addiction, explain you are willing to help veterans and civilians who are homeless because they are human and you care. I was one of those who believed someone on addiction who wanted help and posed as a veteran to get my attention, just for the food and water. When you’re helping a homeless and if you are not sure if they are a veteran by passing the information they are willing to provide to the Veteran’s service office would help tracking down verification.

Understanding the reason for separation is the first step of knowledge when helping a homeless veteran.


Honorable Discharge:

If a military Service Member received a good or excellent rating for his or her their service time, by exceeding standards for performance and personal conduct, they will be discharged from the military honorably. An honorable military discharge is a form of administrative discharge.

General Discharge:

A general military discharge is a form of administrative discharge. If a service member’s service is satisfactory but the individual failed to meet all expectations of conduct for military members, the discharge is considered general discharge, under other than honorable conditions. To receive a general discharge from the military there has to be some form of nonjudicial punishment to correct unacceptable military behavior or the failure to meet military standards. The discharge officer must give the reason for the discharge in writing, and the military member must sign paperwork stating they understand the reason for their discharge. Veterans may not be eligible for certain veteran’s benefits under a General Discharge, including the GI Bill.

Other Than Honorable Conditions Discharge:

The most severe type of military administrative discharge is the other than honorable conditions. Some examples of actions that could lead to an other than honorable discharge include security violations, use of violence, conviction by a civilian court with a sentence including prison time, or being found guilty of adultery in a divorce hearing (this is not a definitive list; these are only examples). In most cases, veterans who receive an Other Than Honorable Discharge cannot re-enlist in the Armed Forces or reserves, except under very rare circumstances. Veteran’s benefits are not usually available to those discharged through this type of discharge.


Bad Conduct Discharge (BCD)

The Bad Conduct Discharge is only passed to enlisted military members and is given by a court-martial due to punishment for bad conduct. A Bad Conduct discharge is often preceded by time in military prison. Virtually all veterans benefits are forfeited if discharge is often preceded by time in military prison. Virtually all veterans benefits are forfeited if discharged due to bad conduct.

Dishonorable Discharge:

If the military considers a service members actions to be reprehensible, the general court-martial can determine a dishonorable discharge is in order. Murder and Sexual assault are examples of situations which would result in a dishonorable discharge. If someone is dishonorably discharged from the military they are not allowed to own firearms according to US federal law. Military members who receive a Dishonorable Discharge forfeit all military and veterans benefits and may have a difficult time finding work in the civilian sector.

Officer Discharge:

Commissioned officers cannot receive bad conduct discharges or a dishonorable discharge, nor can they be reduced in rank by a court-martial. If an officer is discharged by a general court-martial, they receive a Dismissal notice which is the same as a dishonorable discharge.

Entry Level Separation (ELS):

If an individual leaves the military before completing at least 180 days of service, they receive an entry level separation status. This type of military discharge can happen for a variety of reasons (medical, administrative, ect.) and is neither good nor bad, though in many cases, service of less than 180 may prevent some people from being classified as a veteran for state and federal benefits.

Thank you for reading all the above I will have more steps to help you understand when helping a homeless veteran.

Also know that Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is an epidemic sweeping our country. PTSD does not discriminate.  It is an issue for active duty, veterans, reservists and family members. We want to help end the stigma surrounding PTSD and provide resources for the men and women suffering from this invisible wound.  By addressing the whole family unit, we can help end the war that people face on a daily basis. There are many organizations locally that are also working very hard to make life worth living.  If anyone has thoughts of suicide, or has a family member in crisis, please call the Veterans Crisis Line at 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1.  You can also text 838255 or go on the website at to chat.



Our Board of Directors is comprised of a diverse and skilled group of individuals who have a lot to offer both our civilian and veteran communities. They are working hard as a team to bring the local veteran community relevant news, events, information and support. Please make it your personal promise to attend some of our monthly veteran’s council meetings at City Hall. The meetings are always scheduled for the third Wednesday a month at 7 pm. Our meetings truly are rich with information to share with the veteran community. 

We need to be there for one another, and we vow to never leave anyone behind.


With warm regards,

William Carl, CCVC President


Quote of the Month


Character isn't something you were born with and can't change, like your fingerprints. It's something you weren't born with and must take responsibility for forming.

 - Jim Rohn


Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.

 - Eleanor Roosevelt


Where there is righteousness in the heart, there is beauty in the character. When there is beauty in the character, there is harmony in the home. When there is harmony in the home, there is order in the nation. When there is order in the nation, there is peace in the world.

 - A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

We now have a donate button for our organization.  Donations are always greatly appreciated!  100% of the donations go right back out into our community.  This allows us to continue to hold events in the county and help veterans whenever we can.  We thank you for your continued support.


Collier County Veterans Council is a 501(c)(3)  Our EIN is 82-1947585

Sponsored by Beltway Designs

Where to Find Us:

CCVC Board of Directors


Chief William Carl (President)



Cpt Torrey V. Searles

(Vice President)


Cpt Jim Albert (2nd Vice President)


LCDR John E. Hogan



Cpt Jack Fulmer (Safety Officer)


CSM James Reginald Burch (Sergeant at Arms)


SSgt Erica Florio

(Public Relations Officer)


Cpl Jessica Lee Dang (Secretary)



A1C Jordan Tompkins

(Operations Officer)


SFC Jesse Meyers

(Assistant Operations Officer)


LTC Michael Knutson (Chaplain)


Non-voting Members:

Cpl Ted Moore (Technical Specialist)

Joan Mary Madonna (Secretary's Assistant)


Website Email:



Please complete the online application form.   

"Voting" Memberships are only open to members of the Board of Directors. If you do not fit in this category, please check the "Associate Member" box. 
Then, mail your annual membership dues to our mailing address:


Collier County Veterans Council

527 107th Ave N

Naples, FL 34108


Mail the dues there. Applications may also be handed to the Treasurer before the monthly meeting.


You will be contacted once your application has been registered.  If you would like to publicly introduce yourself to the members of the Council, please contact us to have your name placed on the upcoming meeting agenda. If you have immediate business for our attention, we will add your issue to the agenda as well.    




Veteran Suicide Prevention

If you, or a veteran you know, may be thinking of contemplating suicide please call The Veterans Crisis Hotline at:

1-800-273-8255 and Press 1

or go to their website at:


Helpful Suicide education is also provided here.


"In all you do, do with all your might. Things done by half measures are never done right."


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