Where to Find Us:

Collier County

Veterans Council

 

Chief William Carl (President)

(239) 370-5428 

WCARL1722@aol.com

 

SGT. Frank Kerr (Communications NCO)

(239) 877-2926

fkerr7079@gmail.com

 

Cpl Ted Moore (Secretary)

239.848.8508

ted.moore@collier-county-veterans-council.org

 

 

Website Email: CCVCVets@gmail.com

 

Membership

Please complete the online application form.  Then, mail your annual membership dues to our mailing address:

7825 Stratford Drive

Naples FL 34104-7449

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 introduce yourself to the Council, please contact us to have your name place on the upcoming meeting agenda. If you have immediate business for our attention, we will add it 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:

Veteranscrisisline.net

 

Helpful Suicide education is also provided here.

 

“Suicide doesn’t stop the pain.  It just transfers it to someone else!”

-Unknown

 

Welcome to Collier County Veterans Council.

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The Veterans Council of Collier County is the umbrella organization of the 13 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 239.848.8508

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The next Collier County Veterans Council following April's meeting will be held Wednesday, May 17th, 7pm at Naples City Hall.  Everyone is invited to attend.  Please contact President Chief Carl if you would like to be added to our agenda.  City Hall's address is 735 8th Street South, 34102.

2d Quarter President's Newsletter

C:\Users\William\Desktop\Bil's Military pictures\Chief Academy Petaluma CA\Chief.jpgApril 12th, 2017

Members of the Collier County Veterans Council,

     The end of an exciting first quarter has passed.  Our nation is now getting ready to venture into the second quarter.  I have enjoyed the start of this New Year. Many good patriots from the local community have stood at the podium during our Collier County Veterans Council monthly meetings in Naples City Hall with exciting and interesting news that has enlightened and helped veterans on many different levels.

     At the end of last month, I was excited to end the first quarter by inducting Brigadier General Edward Dyer, US Army (Ret.) as an honorary member of the CCVC Board of Directors for the day on March 15th, 2017. He took some of his valuable time to tell us about the veteran health care program, Run For Home Base. It treats the unseen wounds that post 9-11 veterans carry every day.  During the meeting, I invited him to be our keynote speaker at the annual Memorial Day Ceremony held here at Hodges Funeral Home and cemetery May 29th, 2017.  He accepted graciously.  This Memorial Day will also have a second headlining speaker, our Congressman, Francis Rooney(R)(Dist.19).  This occasion promises to thoroughly honor our veterans who paid the ultimate sacrifice.  

 

I hope you all make the next meeting, April 19th.  My special guest is Naples Mayor, Bill Barnett.  

 

     I have the need to bring a few serious veteran community issues to light after the way they were overlooked in the past. I say, no more should we walk through life in blinders. We have heard from different communities about our veterans who have returned home but are still in need of help. Two of the issues that have taken the spotlight are Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, also known more as PTSD, and Suicide.  Recently, I was in downtown Naples at the Starbucks, having a morning coffee when a couple came in who I met last year during the snow bird season. I had not seen them for a year.  So, they asked me if I would mind if they sat to chat over coffee.  I agreed and our conversation started with, “Chief, how are you doing?”  I then asked them how they were doing.  We chatted about family, our health, and the weather.  All of a sudden, they hit me with a heartfelt statement.  “Chief, a good friend of our son had returned from Iraq last year and committed suicide. Everyone that knew him was surprised because he seemed to have it all together.  Later, we heard he was suffering from PTSD.  A family member told others he was suffering alone behind closed doors.  He would be abusive and drank a lot.”  My heart sank because I see this happening more every day.

    Their next statement made me realize what their blind spot was.  “Chief, we wished we lived in Naples where these issues never happen.”  Naples lack of concern for veteran suicide has made people believe there are none.  That statement alone made me respond quickly. “I hope more people get information about how to help the returning veteran before this happens to them.  No matter where you live, it is happening there.  This is not something that hits only certain towns and communities.  It’s countrywide.”  My friends were surprised to hear that, last month, I was invited to attend a PTSD Summit held here in Naples, Florida.  The PTSD Summit was hosted by the American Military Veterans Foundation up in Cape Coral.  It was a real eye-opener for all those who attended this event.  It was held at the Silver Spot cinema where they showed a short film called “A Marine’s Guide to Fishing”. I suggest you take a moment to find it on YouTube.  The lead actor is disabled veteran in real life.

    Shortly after the showing of “A Marine’s Guide To Fishing”, I resolved to contact all the homeless veterans that are scattered around Naples.  I decided to set out on a hike to find the homeless veterans that live in our area.  I partnered with David from the local Veterans Center on behalf of the Jewish Family and Community Services “Operation Military Assistance Program” to bushwack through the wooded areas, looking for tent cities.  This is where all sorts of homeless Americans gather to stay off the grid. On our first quest, we met a  Viet Nam war vet who served in the US Army.   We talked with him for a while.  He told us some stories about how the Viet Nam war traumatized him.   We could see that he has carried his PTSD and hidden it from everyone for some time now.   When he told us he had not eaten in a couple days, we gave him a ride to the St. Matthew’s House to get a good meal.  David did give him information so he can help him  any way he could.  Just because we only found one man doesn’t mean we will stop looking for others.  I would like to gather a 6 man team that is willing to help us find those veteran brothers and sisters who became lost and homeless.  I am reaching out to the members of the Veterans Council to join me in the search for local homeless veterans.  Are you willing to give us a hand?

 

With warm regards,

William Carl, CCVC President

239-370-5428

 

Armed Forces Day is May 20th!  How will you celebrate?

Although, originally, there were single day celebrations for each of the Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force, this format changed on August 21, 1949 when Secretary of Defense Louis Johnson  announced the creation of Armed Forces Day. Stemming from the unification of the Armed Forces under the Department of Defense, the annual celebration now commemorates all branches of the military during one solitary day.

Bernadette LaPaglia and Julie Badour will be hosting a celebration at Villa, within the Terracina Grand senior living facility this year.  

Local High School Student Beginning Interviews For Historical Writing Project

Veterans have the privilege of passing on their stories of life after the wars they endured.  Take the time to interview with this student so generations of Americans to come will know all aspects of what it means to go to war.  It will do them some good. 
 A Junior at Barron Collier High School is interested in participating in the Veterans History Project through the Library of Congress. The purpose of this ongoing project is to preserve the stories of United States' veterans from WWI to present.  A few local people have interviewed veterans recently.  They are eager to contribute to this database.  The Collier County Veterans Council knows of several retired veterans who would be interested in being interviewed. Veterans are invited to contact the student at
E-mail: colliercountyvhp@gmail.com

 https://www.colliercountyvhp.com/ 

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The VA Accountability First Act would make it easier to fire bad VA employees by drastically shortening the overall termination and appeals process for VA employees who are found to have engaged in misconduct. As Secretary Shulkin recently experienced when he tried to fire the porn-watching employee, that process can take months or even years.

http://thehill.com/blogs/pundits-blog/healthcare/326972-the-first-step-to-fixing-the-va-is-fixing-the-accountability

State of Florida 4th Annual Women Veterans' Conference

*Open to all women who have served or are currently serving in the military.

 

*Network with others

*Hear from kowledgeable speakers

*Learn about local and state resources

*Discover career opportunities

*Information & outreach booths for benefits and assistance 

We are looking for Honor Guard Volunteers!

We are looking for Volunteers from each service to form an Honor Guard.

If interested, you must have a Dress Uniform and Regular service uniform.

Please contact us by email at CCVCVets@gmail.com.

 

Which organizations can furnish a Honor Guard for formal ceremonies?

Marine Corps League

Collier County Sheriff's Office

Naples Police Department

 

Which organizations can furnish a Rifle Salute?

Marine Corps League

Quote of the Month

"The willingness with which our young people are likely to serve in any war, no matter how justified, shall be directly proportional to how they perceive the Veterans of earlier wars were treated and appreciated by their nation."
-- George Washington  



                   Chief William Carl Biography 

(Left to right: Chief Willaim Carl and  SSG Freddie Vasquez)

 

William "Black Knight" Carl

Chief Carl recently retired after a combined tenure of over 30 years of active duty and reserve service.  His career included 7 combat tours to Iraq while attached to two deployable tactical units, U.S. Coast Guard Port Security Unit 307 and USCG Redeployment Assistance Inspection Detachment Teams 10 and 11.

He is the recipient of the Army Meritorious Service medal among dozens of other ribbons and awards. His duties included a variety of tactical combat leadership duties such as:  Surveillance and reconnnaissance of enemy post positions, intelligence and reporting threat engagements, force protection measures, contingency planning, critical team coordination, and maritime security patrols. Chief Carl is a member of several military groups including the Coast Guard Combat Veterans Assn., American Legion post 135, VFW, AMVets, ROA, FRA, and the ESGR.

 

Those interested in the Collier County Veterans Council can can contact him at (239) 370-5428 or send him an email to WCARL1722@aol.com.