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CCVC Board of Directors


Chief William Carl (President)



Cpt Torrey V. Searles

(Vice President)



Cpt James Albert (2nd Vice President)


Tina Patrick Anastasio

(Public Relations Officer)




Vacant Position



SSgt Erica Florio (Secretary)



Capt. Jack R. Fulmer (Safety Advisor Officer)



CSM James Reginald Burch (Sergeant at Arms)



A1C Jordan Tompkins

(Operations Officer)



SGT Frank Kerr (Assistant Ops Officer)



SSgt JB Holmes, (Chaplin)



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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.


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



Blog of News, Activities, Events, and Meetings

Check back here regularly to find out where the Council members are engaging with the community.

Please send updates to  They will be posted in this blog.

             Collier County Veterans Council                Regular Programming

Members of the Veterans Council have traditionally hosted patriotic public ceremonies for the cultural enrichment of Naples.  They support events such as Memorial Day, Veterans Day, and Independence Day.  They also provide honor guards to local veteran funerals.  Each month, the Council holds a meeting to promote the events and interests of affiliated groups as well as networking amongst the patriotic community.  In the future, the Council will organize a formal Flag Day Ceremony to honor the symbol of our heritage.

The monthly meetings gather concerned veteran groups together to share their plans, successes, and invite the participation of their fellow Council members.  It is also a forum for struggling veterans to request direly needed help from their most sympathetic audience.   


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


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



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

Memorial Day 2017 at Hodges Memorial Garden

Bernadette LaPaglia recorded this year's Memorial Day with a photo gallery in the Naples Florida Weekly.  

This is the link to the gallery's web page.

Local veterans receive proclamation that May is Military Appreciation Month.

The Board of Collier County Commissioners gathered the veteran community together for a proclamation.  They formally declared May to be Military Appreciation Month in Collier County.  It is done in conjunction with the nationwide remembrance consisting of several related holidays in May. Holding the proclamation is the founder of the Gold Star Mothers chapter of Naples.  Hugging her dearly is our president, Chief Carl.

National Military Appreciation Month (NMAM), as designated by Congress, provides a period of reflection on both the history and recognition of our armed services.  It allows Americans to educate each generation on the historical impact of our military through the participation in the community with those who served, encouraging patriotism and love for America.

This very important month honors men and women who have served throughout our history and all who now serve in uniform as well as their families.  National Military Appreciation Month-May 2017 includes Silver Star service Banner Day (1st)Loyalty Day (1st), VE Day(8th)Military Spouse Appreciation Day (12th), Public Service Recognition Week 7th-13th, Armed Forces Day (20th), and Memorial Day (29th).

PTSD Summit held by American Military Veterans Foundation and our friend, Joan Colosimo

American Military Veterans Foundation, along with Joan Colosimo,  Bernadette LaPaglia and many others, organized a PTSD Summit in Cape Coral to address the growing problem of veteran suicide among those who've served since September 11th.  

According to a study published in the American Journal of Public Health on the risk of suicide among U.S. veterans, an estimated 5,000 veterans die by suicide each year. The VA's Suicide Data Report, 2012 found a higher figure at 8,000 per year. Currently there is no legislature that is targeted at handling PTSD veterans who are in crisis.

Southwest Florida Blue Star Mothers honors the launch of new chapter of American Gold Star Mothers

Chief Carl and other members of the Council were invited to the beginning of the American Gold Star Mothers chapter here in Naples.  Blue Star Mothers hang a banner in the window of their home to honor their family member who is on active duty in the U.S. military.  Gold Star Mothers hang a banner at their home to commemorate their family member who has died during a conflict or as a result of their wounds received.  The Silver Star Families of America is a third designation.  The Silver Star Flag and Banner are symbols of remembrance and honor for those wounded or incurring illnesses during combat while honorably serving in the United States Armed Forces. It may be displayed or flown at anytime, not just wartime, and by families as well as the wounded and ill service members

Naples' best Veterans Day Ceremony at Cambier Park

This year's Veterans Day at Cambier Park was the largest one in recent memory.  Several groups participated in this year's ceremony.  We would like to thank the JROTC, Veterans Council Board Members, veterans groups who marched their flags onto the stage, high school band, the Museum of Military history, the bagpiper, and our bugler.

Gulfview Middle School hosts several veterans to show their appreciation.

Several members of the Veterans Council attended a Veterans Day ceremony at Gulfview Middle School.  Students were paired with each veteran to discuss several aspects of our service.  They asked us probing questions to compose an essay about each man they met.  There was a pilot, POW, Chief Petty Officer, an Administrator, and a grunt among the group.  Following the interview, we enjoyed the music of the school band, the essays of several students, and thoughtful remarks from the school Principal, Kevin Huelsman.  Afterwards, we enjoyed lunch outside the cafeteria.

Council members attended the funeral of fallen Marine in Fort Myers.

Recently, Council members attended the funeral of a Marine from Fort Myers that committed suicide.  He was suffering from PTSD for several years while under the care of the local Veterans Administration clinic.

Memorial Day Celebration a huge success.

The Memorial Day celebration at Hodges Memorial Gardens was a wonderful success this year.  Hundreds of people attended on a beautiful summer day in North Naples.  There was a Boy Scout troop, JROTC, military re-enactors, a barbecue, and picnicking. Josh Wege was our featured speaker.  This Marine competes on the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball team.  

Retirement of American flag at Artis-Naples.

Naples performing arts center, Artis-Naples, invited the CCVC to perform a formal flag retirement ceremony in order to show the proper respect to their tattered national banner.  The retirement was led by Frank Kerr and assisted by Che and Ted Moore.

Independence Day parade through downtown Naples.

One of the grand traditions of the Serviceman is to walk in the Fourth of July parade.  It is a proud patriotic gesture to don one's uniform once more and go forth into the world.  This year, Chief Petty Officer Carl, Cpl Moore, SSgt Freddie Vazquez, and several other veterans all proudly rode inside the parade.  Cpl Moore rode through 2016's parade in a WW2 Army Jeep.  It was graciously provided by Tom Arnold, a local Jeep enthusiast.   

Chief Petty Officer Carl has been immortalized in bronze as an American warfighter.

CCVC President, Chief Carl, was immortalized in a bronze bust in 2010 by sculptor Michael Jernigan. Someone has literally put him on a pedestal.  Our handsome Chief was, no doubt, selected for this honor due to his long and successful career in the Coast Guard and several tours in Iraqi theater of war. His sculpture is part of collection made by Michael Jernigan and is touring the Country.  The collection includes 21 Servicemen and one service dog, "Rex". It will finally make its way to Naples' Von Liebig Arts Center in November of 2019!