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

Service Categories

Dozens of Federal, State, Non-profit, and faith-based agencies exist to support veterans in need.  This is a rough explanation of who they are, what they do, where they are, what you need to work with them.  Each topic will be covered in a youtube webcam video.

Physical Health Needs

Physical health needs include injuries received whiile on active duty, illnesses that develop after separating, and problems that arise with age.  This will be an extended definition so that people understand what falls under the title Physical Health


My name is David Sides and I'm a member of the Public Outreach Department for The Mesothelioma Center.

Countless veterans are currently suffering from life-threatening illnesses that are a result of exposure to asbestos, a material that was commonly used in hundreds of military applications, products, and ships because of its resistance to fire. Veterans who have been diagnosed with mesothelioma even qualify for special benefits from the U.S Department of Veteran Affairs.

We recently published an educational guide about mesothelioma prognosis:



David Sides
Public Outreach Coordinator
The Mesothelioma Center
dsides@ (Email preferred)
m: 407-734-1225




Mental Health Needs

Here we break down the stigmas that rugged servicemen carry about mental health problems.  Once you can get them to open up about their state of mind, then you can start improving it.

Housing Needs

Veterans returning from combat duty with PTSD, disabling physical injuries, and few if any marketable or transferable skills often can’t find or keep jobs. With no salary to support them, military families face a high foreclosure rate. Lack of support services and social isolation after discharge also contribute to homelessness. It’s a vicious cycle. 

Financial Needs

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Transportation Needs

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End Of Life Needs

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Acadamic Needs

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Needs For Speed

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Veteran Administration (VA) 1-800-827-1000
Ebenefits 1-800-983-0937 
Pension Management Center 1-877-294-6380 
VA Home Loans Service 1-877-827-3702 
Naples Vet Center (War-zone Veterans Readjustment Counseling Services) (239) 403-2377 
Naples Community-Based Outpatient VA Clinic (239) 659-9188 
Lee County VA Healthcare Center, Cape Coral (239) 652-1800 
Bay Pines VA Healthcare System 1-888-820-0230 
CHAMPVA 1800-733-8387 
National Archives (Veteran Records & Medal Replacement requests) 1-866-272-6272 
Defense Finance & Accounting Service (DFAS) 1-888-332-7411 
TRICARE 1-800-444-5445 
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255 
Collier County Honor Flight (239) 777-9295
Naples Equestrian Challenge Operation Strides (239) 596-2988 
Collier Senior Resources (239) 252-4541 
PAWS Assistance Dogs (239) 775-1600 
St. Matthews House (239) 774-0500 
Catholic Charities (239) 793-0059 
Salvation Army (239) 775-9447 
Collier County Housing Authority (239) 732-0732 
Collier Area Transit (239) 252-7777 

David Lawrence Center (Mental Health & Substance Abuse Services) (239) 455-8500 
Home Base SWFL Program (Post 9-11 Veterans Fitness, Nutrition, and Counseling Program) (617) 724-5202 
Freedom Memorial (239) 596-7959 
Freedom Waters Foundation (Therapeutic Boating) (239) 248-1120 
Career Source Southwest Florida Naples (239) 436-4301 
Naples Museum of Military Memorabilia (941) 575-0401
Veterans Foreign War (VFW) Post 7369 Naples Memorial Post (239) 793-7369
VFW Post 7721 Golden Gate Post (239) 455-7721
American Legion Hardee Mills Post 134 (239) 774-4707
Homer Helter’s Antique and Military Mall (239) 594-9900
Disabled American Veterans 1-877-426-2838
American Veterans (AMVETS) 1-877-726-8387
Wounded Warriors of South Florida (561) 855-4207

Marine Corps League of Naples 
U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 93 (239) 261-7375
Naples Civil Air Patrol U.S. Air Force Auxiliary Senior Squadron (239) 498-0438

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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