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

Purpose of the Council

  • To uphold the Constitution of the United States and the State of Florida, to respect the flag of the United States of America, and honor both past and present members of the United States Armed Forces.


  • To advance the interests of and work for the betterment of veterans.


  • To cooperate with the United States Veterans Administration and other agencies devoted to the cause of improving and advancing the conditions, health, and welfare of veterans and their families.


  • To provide a transportation system to transport veterans with appointments to VA hospitals, clinics, and any other facilities that are appropriate for the benefit of veterans and their dependants.

Powers of the Veterans Council

  • The Council shall have all the common law and statutory powers of a Florida not-for-profit corporation which are consistent with these Articles as they, from time to time, may be amended and including but not limited to:
  • Fix, levy, and collect dues.


  • Pay all expenses in connection with all office and other expenses incident to the conduct of the business of the corporation.


  • Ensure this organization will, at all times, avoid any conflict with other veterans' organizations.


  • Direct all activities to be prohibited from partisan politics.


  • Encourage the organization to act as a forum for any program or issue that would be of interest to the welfare of veterans and their families.


Voting rights are reserved for Council members who are Board Directors in good standing. Board Directors will be represented by a designated delegate and alternate(s) to act in the absence of the delegate.


Associate members may include Auxiliaries of Organizational Members, philanthropic, and fraternal organizations who share the goals of the Council. Associate membership shall not convey voting rights and shall not entail any requirement for payment of dues.

   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 contact him at (239) 370-5428 or send him an email to

Current Veterans Council Board of Directors

Left to Right:  LCDR John Hogan, CSM James Burch, CPL Jessica Dang, Capt. James Albert, Capt Torrey Searles,  A1C Jordan Tompkins. 

Front: CPO William Carl

Photo Credit: Heather Corace

Executive Board Members


William C. Carl

Phone: 239.370.5428




Vice President:

Capt. Torrey V. Searles

2nd Vice President:

Capt. James Albert




Public Relations Officer:

SSgt Erica Florio


LCDR John E. Hogan


Cpl Jessica Dang

Safety Advisor Officer:

Capt. Jack R. Fulmer

Sergeant at Arms:

CSM James Reginald Burch


Operations Officer:

A1C Jordan Tompkins



Assistant Ops Officer:

SFC Jesse Myers




Michael Knutson


Executive Board Members (Non-Voting)


Collier County Veterans Service Officer:

Oscar Gomez
3339 Tamiami Trail East,
Building H, Room 212
Naples, FL 34112

(239) 252-8387


Veterans Careers :


(800) 352-2345

Transportation Line:


(239) 252-4826

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."


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.


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