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

Camp Lejeune Announces Poisoned Waters

The new rule covers active-duty, Reserve and National Guard members who served at Lejeune during the designated period for 30 days,between Aug.1, 1953 and Dec. 31, 1987 and who developed one of eight presumptive conditions: adult leukemia, aplastic anemia, bladder cancer, kidney cancer, liver cancer, multiple myeloma, non-Hodgkin's lymphoma or Parkinson's disease.


Education options for veterans.

Veterans pursuing online college education should consider . To become a counselor that serves the veteran community to heal the wounds they received during the wars, you have to pass multiple requirements. According to the American Counseling Association, accredited professionals must complete a Bachelor's degree as well as a Master's degree in Counseling. The need for veteran psychiatric care far exceeds the number of available professional counselors. Consider this career when evaluating your next move in the Service or after you have separated from your Branch.

VA Healthcare System at Bay Pines Moving!

The Bay Pines VA Healthcare System (VAHCS) has entered into a new 10-year, $3.9 million lease agreement with HTA Commons V, LLC that will relocate and expand the existing Naples Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC) to more than double its current size from 4,400 square feet to 9,300 square feet.

The new clinic will be located at 800 Goodlette Road North, Naples, Fla. – about four miles away from the current Horseshoe Drive South location. When the new facility opens, it will replace the current Naples CBOC. Bay Pines VAHCS officials expect the clinic to be open to serve Veterans in Spring 2017.

“This is truly an exciting time for the Bay Pines VA Healthcare System and for the Veterans we serve in Naples,” said Suzanne M. Klinker, Director, Bay Pines VAHCS.

“When open, the new clinic will provide a patient centered environment and spacious accommodations for both Veterans and staff. It is an excellent location for us to be able to deliver high quality VA health care service in a comfortable setting," she said.

Since originally opening in 2000, the Naples CBOC has experienced continued growth in both the number of individual Veterans accessing the facility and number of appointments requested and completed. Over the last five years alone, the number of patients served by the facility has increased by nearly seven percent (from 6,627 to 7,082) while appointments completed have increased nearly 20 percent (38,384 to 45,839). During this same period, staffing levels have also increased about 30 percent (27 to 35).

“Over the last several years, we have aggressively sought to improve clinical services by expanding health care access and meeting the needs of our Veterans,” said Cory P. Price, FACHE, Assistant Director, Bay Pines VAHCS.

“Naples has been one of our larger focus areas, and we can now say we have made significant progress in providing a facility befitting America’s heroes,” he said. 

Price, who has direct oversight for the healthcare system’s outlying clinics, said the new clinic is one of many projects and initiatives developed as part of the organization’s strategic plan.

“We are absolutely focused on transforming the way we deliver care to the men and women we serve,” he continued. “The new Naples clinic is an example of how we are transforming care and moving closer to becoming a 5-star organization in health care quality and customer service.”

All health care services currently available at the Naples CBOC will transition to the new facility. These services include primary care, mental health, women’s health, anticoagulation clinic, electrocardiograms (EKG), nutrition counseling, phlebotomy (blood draws and specimen collection), social work, and pharmacy consultation.

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Dear members and friends of the CCVC:
As CCVC President, I am writing to you all so that veterans associated with the Collier County Veterans Council are very aware of a unique opportunity coming to the Naples/FT Myers area. The Florida Humanities Council is seeking veterans from your area to tell their stories on stage in a public performance.  Veterans will share their experience of life and the military in "Telling: Southwest Florida," a program designed to close the communication gap with an American public in which less than 1 percent have served in uniform over the past dozen years of war.  
Interested veterans can apply at: 
Qualifying veterans will receive a stipend.  The process involves about a two hour taped interview in December, along with some rehearsal time in the end of April, followed by three events on April 29, 30th, and May 4th (in the Naples/FT Myers area).  Veterans will tell their story based on a script written from their interview, followed by a talk back question and answer session with the audience.
The Florida Humanities Council has previously sponsored veterans’ “Telling” performances in three Florida cities: 
Orlando in 2016 and Tampa Bay and Pensacola in 2015.
An award­ winning public­ television documentary and  video of the Tampa Bay stage performance can be viewed at
Each production has been incredible and both the veterans and public have benefited greatly by being involved. 
Lastly, I have attached a flyer that I am hoping you would be willing to handout to any other veterans you may feel would be interested.  
Thank you very much for your time.    
Chief William C. Carl, USCG (ret)
Collier County Veterans Council President


My name is Carl Jewett, and I’m a retired Naval Officer having spent 24 years in the submarine force (12 enlisted, and 12 as a Mustang). I now serve as a VA Accredited Claims Agent at Mesothelioma Guide, an advocacy organization dedicated to helping patients with asbestos illnesses. We specialize in assisting patients in understanding which treatment options are best suited for their illness, as well as how to find the right doctors that provide those treatment options. As the VA Claims Agent here, I specialize in assisting veterans file for their VA benefits when they have been diagnosed with an asbestos illness as a result of their military service, and have assisted over 1200 veterans file for, and get approved for VA Disability Compensation. 
Veterans make up the single largest group of people affected by asbestos illnesses, comprising almost 1/3 of all diagnoses each year. In fact, approximately 6,000 veterans afflicted with this asbestos-caused cancer died between 1999 and 2005 alone, many of whom never filed for their earned VA benefits.
As an advocacy organization, we don’t charge patients for our assistance, so all of our printed materials, patient advocacy resources & assistance are 100% free of charge to patients and their family members. But, that also means we don’t have the funding that would be necessary for us to advertise our services on TV or in magazines.  Therefore, I'm reaching out to webmasters who operate veteran related websites that are likely to have visitors who may have been exposed to asbestos, or may be suffering from an asbestos related illness like mesothelioma.  
Thanks so much for your support and I hope to hear from you soon.
Carl Jewett
LCDR, US Navy, Retired
Patient Services Director &
VA Accredited Claims Agent

Important Phone Numbers

  • Veterans Crisis Line 1.800.273.TALK (8255)


  • National Call Center for Homeless Veterans 1.877.4AID.VET (424.3838)


  • VA Caregiver Support Line 1.855.260.3274


  • Wounded Warrior Resource Center 1.800.342.9647

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Chief William Carl (President)



Cpt Torrey V. Searles

(Vice President)


Cpt James Albert (2nd Vice President/Chaplain)


SSgt Erica Florio

(Public Relations Officer)


LCDR John E. Hogan



Cpl Jessica Lee Dang (Secretary)



CSM James Reginald Burch (Sergeant at Arms)


A1C Jordan Tompkins

(Operations Officer)



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Collier County Veterans Council

527 107th Ave N

Naples, FL 34108


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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!”



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