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

                      Local Organizations

National Council for Aging Care

Carolina Gerard




Mark Beland Community Liaison

Tel: (239) 261- 4404


The Vet Center

David Soldano, Veteran Outreach Specialist

2705 Horseshoe Drive South Suite #204

Tel: (239) 403-2377


 VA Clinic

800 Goodlette-Frank Rd., Naples, Fl  34102

Tel: (239) 659-9188


Veterans Service Office

3399 Tamiami Trail East 

Tel: (239) 252-8387


Jewish War Veterans

Harve Sturm, Commander



American Legion Post 135

2296 Tamiami Trail East

Tel: (239) 774-4707


American Legion Post 323

1124 Ashlar Avenue

Lehigh Acres

Tel:(239) 369-3178


American Legion Post 397 (Hodges University)

2655 Northbrooke Drive

Tel: (239) 818-7166


Blue Star Mothers


Combat Infantrymen's Association

Steve Huff



Honor Flight (Collier County)

Dr. Debi Strand


Wounded Warrior Anglers


America Military Veterans Foundation


Freedom Waters Foundation

Debra Frankel, LCSW  Founder


Gold Star Mothers


Waterfront Warriors South


Veterans In Paradise



SWFL Veterans Alliance


The Veterans Florida Entrepreneurship Program offers you tuition-free, online and on-campus instruction in the nationally recognized Lean Startup method. Designed to work around your busy schedule, the program provides you instruction at one of network our partners’ campuses, access to local resources such as business leaders and mentors, and much more.

Operation Strides helps veterans heal after trauma in the Service.

NTRC’s Operation Strides is an Equine-Facilitated Therapeutic Horsemanship program with a curriculum geared toward adult veterans from the Afghanistan/Iraq/Gulf Wars suffering from PTSD, TBI and amputation.  Therapeutic Horsemanship, which is increasingly being used to treat war veterans suffering from PTSD, incorporates horses experientially for emotional growth and learning.  Therapeutic Horsemanship is a collaborative effort between an equine specialist working with participants and horses to address treatment goals.  During a Therapeutic Horsemanship session, the participants learn about themselves and others while participating in activities with horses, and then processing (or discussing) feelings, behaviors and patterns. 

Call 239.596.2988 to learn more information

Dial A Nurse is a Home Health Care Company based in Naples.  Their services can be billed to the V.A. health care system.

Many members of the Veterans Council rely healvily on the Veterans Administration for their health care.  The help of an at-home nurse or companion can drastically improve your mental and physical well-being.  Be sure to ask your primary care physician for a referral to receive at-home health care from an authorized V.A. vendor such as Dial A Nurse in order to make the V.A. cover the nurse's fees.

Where to Find Us:

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 Thursday 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.


CCVC Board of Directors


Chief William Carl, USCG




Alexander Leoni, USMC

(Vice President)


Chief Darnell Johnson



Stanley Bunner,USN

(Safety Officer)


Larry Lathrop, USMC



Frank Kerr, USA

 (Sergeant at Arms)


Jason Lindsey, USMC

(Operations Officer)


Vidal Sanchez, USMC

(Operations Assistant)


Stormie Pruskauer


Joan Mary Madonna

(Assisstant Secretary)





The Veterans Council enjoys the generous financial support of its contributors.  If your organization would like support the Veterans Council and its four public patriotic ceremonies, please mail your annual $50 donation to: 

Collier County Veterans Council

527 107th Ave N

Naples, FL 34108



 If you would like to publicly introduce yourself to the Board of Directors and their gallery of patriots, please contact us to have your name placed on the upcoming meeting agenda.  



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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