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Marine Corps League of Naples
E.T. Brisson Detachment #063, Naples, FL
Marine For Life

MARINE FOR LIFE MISSION
The Marine for Life Program’s mission is to provide sponsorship for our more than 27,000 Marines each year who honorably leave active service and return to civilian life in order to nurture and sustain the positive, mutually beneficial relationship inherent 
in our ethos, “Once a Marine Always a Marine”.

COMMANDANT’S INTENT
The program will enhance our investment in each individual, the Marine Corps, and the American society. The program includes initiatives involving commanders and Marine Corps culture, but its groundbreaking element will be the creation of an assistance network of and Marine Corps “alumni” to provide enhanced transition assistance and support to out transitions Marines.

END STATE
The end state of the Marine for Life program is a nationwide network available to all Marines honorably leaving active service that will improve their transition to 
civilian life and ensure that no Marine who honorably wore the 
Eagle, Globe, and Anchor is lost to the Marine Corps family. 

Marine Corps League of Naples Detachment Liaison:
Jerry Van Hecke

For more information &/or assistance contact: 
Marine Jerry Van Hecke
239.451.0154
jvanheckeusmc@gmail.com
VETERANS ASSISTANCE

Collier County Veterans Service Office -- provides benefit assistance to Veterans and their families.   239.352.VETS [8387]
Need a ride to a VA Clinic / Health Center / Hospital  239.252.4VAN [4826]
Veterans Service Officer Alex Scardino -- veteranservices@colliergov.net 
3339 Tamiami Trail East, Health Building H East, Suite #212, Naples, FL   34112

Naples VA Clinic    239.659.9188
800 Goodlette-Frank Road, Naples, FL   34102
Monday -- Friday  8am to 4:30pm

Lee County VA Health Care Center   239.652.1800
2489 Diplomat Parkway East, Cape Coral, FL  33909
Monday -- Friday 8am to 4:30pm

Collier County [Naples] Vet Center      239.403.2377 
The Vet Center provides readjustment counseling for a wide range of services offered to active duty, as well as veterans and their families, in the effort to make a successful transition from military to civilian life.  Confidentiality and privacy is respected and protected.
2705 Horseshoe Drive S, Suite #204, Naples, FL  34104
Vet Centers are open beyond regular business hours to accommodate veterans
24 Hour Call Center -- 1.877.WARVETS
https://www.va.gov/

Marine For Life Network -- The Marine for Life Network strives to connect transitioning Marines, veterans and their spouses to opportunities. 
http://www.usmc-mccs.org/services/career/marine-for-life-network/
            Connect with Marine for Life Network on LinkedIn
           https://www.linkedin.com/company/marine-for-life-network 
           Visit Marine for Life Network Facebook Page
          https://www.facebook.com/MarineForLifeNetwork/ 

Wounded Veterans Relief Fund  -- The fund exists to help qualified disable post 9/11 veterans. The mission is saving lives and keeping families together. They assist Florida Veterans transition with disabilities back into civilian life. They provide emergency financial support. Some items that they may provide assistance with is: Housing, Utilities and Transportation. They have started helping other than post 9/11 veterans.
Wounded Veterans Relief Fund
1335 Old Dixie Highway, #3
Lake Park, FL 33403 
561-855-4207 
www.wvrf.org
If you need assistance, and you live in Collier County, first contact the
Collier County Veterans Service Office. [contact information above]


The Injured Warriors Fund of Florida was created to provide financial aid and assistance to severely wounded service personnel and their families. Financial assistance will be considered to help the wounded Veteran and/or their spouses and/or dependent children to offset expenses of transportation, temporary housing, and certain daily living expenses, when such daily living expenses are incurred on an emergency basis. 
https://www.mcldof.org/injured-warriors-fund-of-florida/

EMPLOYMENT ASSISTANCE

Career Sources of Southwest FL -- partner with American Job Center and are a great source of assistance and information concerning your job search locally.  Sign-up for their newsletter.  239.436.4301
3050 Horseshoe Drive, Building "A", Suite 119, Naples, FL   34104
https://careersourcesouthwestflorida.com/

Indeed.com --search for jobs, post resumes, etc -- https://www.indeed.com/ 

Hiring Our Heros, US Chamber of Commerce Foundation -- assistance in creating a resume -- https://www.resumeengine.org 

“google” Jobs for Vets – numerous sites appear to be reviewed

Veterans Florida
Veterans Florida is a non-profit corporation created by the State of Florida to attract and retain veterans and their families by connecting them to employment, training and educational opportunities, and strengthen Florida businesses by educating them on the value and skillsets veterans bring to the workforce.
http://www.veteransflorida.org/ 

Hodges University
https://pathways.hodges.edu/military-and-veterans/

Career One Stop/ American Job Center
https://www.careeronestop.org/Site/american-job-center.aspx 
Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor. A proud partner of the American Job Center network.  

Marine For Life Network -- The Marine for Life Network strives to connect transitioning Marines, veterans and their spouses to opportunities. 
http://www.usmc-mccs.org/services/career/marine-for-life-network/
            Connect with Marine for Life Network on LinkedIn
           https://www.linkedin.com/company/marine-for-life-network 
           Visit Marine for Life Network Facebook Page
          https://www.facebook.com/MarineForLifeNetwork/ 

CAREERBLISS 
Check this website. It is a national jobsite that has actual local jobs. I know this for a fact. I am still not in the job market but I still get emails from this website with local jobs that I would qualify for if I were still interested. This is a good website that in addition to jobs, it has a lot of good information and advice on building careers. 
https://www.careerbliss.com/ 

EDUCATION

Southwest FL State College [FSW]
Collier County Campus:   7505 Grande Lily Drive, Naples, FL  34113
Coodinator, Veterans Affairs Administrative Services -- 239.489.9398
ColetteCox@fsw.edu
www.FSW.edu 

Hodges University
https://pathways.hodges.edu/military-and-veterans/ 

Service to School   (S2S)
S2S provides free application counseling to military veterans.  Their mission is to 
prepare transitioning military veterans for their next chapter of leadership by helping them gain admission to the best college or graduate school possible.
Service to School (S2S) helps with college guidance as well as the S2S VetLink Program.

VetLink is a partnership between Service to School (S2S) and select colleges and universities focused on identifying highly-qualified veteran applicants with an expressed interest in admitting them.   Through VetLink, applicants are afforded an enhanced opportunity to showcase their military service and the university partners are introduced to more and more veteran applicants. S2S mentors work closely with VetLink applicants and guide them to make informed decisions.
Participating schools include
Amherst College, Cornell University, The University of Chicago, Emory University, Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of Notre Dame, Pomona College, Princeton University, Smith College, Stanford University, Syracuse University, Williams College, and Yale University.
https://service2school.org 

THE BEST SCHOOLS.ORG
The Best Schools.org is an independent organization comprised of a dedicated group of educators, professionals, and authors providing the best resources and advice to assist learners through every step of their education, into their careers, and toward sustainable lifelong learning.  The Best Schools.org have compiled several open-use guides to educational materials for current, past, and future military members to use in regard to academic resources necessary for their success. These guides cover scholarships, application processes, military academies, and other areas with the most current information.
https://thebestschools.org/  

These resources/guides are available for Florida’s service members to use at any time
*Making the Most of the GI Bill  
https://thebestschools.org/resources/gi-bill-guide/
*Attending College for Disabled Veterans  
https://thebestschools.org/resources/disabled-veterans-online-college/
*Attending Military Academies  
https://thebestschools.org/resources/military-academies/ 
*Enrolling in Military Education  
https://thebestschools.org/resources/military-education/  
*Transitioning from College to Military  
https://thebestschools.org/resources/college-to-military/  

MASTER OF SOCIAL WORK
This website is a comprehensive directory of accredited on line Master of Social Work (MSW) degrees. The accredit programs are nationwide. It not only shows most of the schools that provide the MSW online but provides information on the education required and information about the field.
https://www.onlinemswprograms.com/

HOME OWNERSHIP / MORTGAGE ASSISTANCE

Homes for Heroes of SWFL  offers Real Estate Services and Closing Cost Assistance for all Active Military, Veterans, Police Services, Fire Services, Medical Services and Teaching careers. When buying, selling or building your next home for personal or investment use our program can be used no matter the type of financing source.
https://www.facebook.com/homesforheroesswflorida/
239.281.2265

VETERANS CRISIS LINE / NATIONAL SUICIDE PREVENTION LIFELINE
1.800.273.8255,  press 1
https://www.veteranscrisisline.net/get-help/hotline 
​Veterans Crisis Line is also available by Text or online Chat
Text  838255
Support for deaf & hard of hearing:  1.800.799.4889

The Veterans Crisis Line is a confidential, secure resource.
If you’re a Veteran in crisis or distress or concerned about one, there are caring, qualified VA responders standing by to help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
The Veterans Crisis Line is a free, anonymous, confidential resource that’s available to anyone, even if you’re not registered with VA or enrolled in VA health care.

FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS
The Department was founded July 1, 1989 with the mission to advocate for Florida Veterans linking them to services, benefits, and support. The Department publishes a consolidated list of earned benefits, that range from additional property tax exemptions, veteran's preference for state jobs, educational benefits, and much more.  A copy of "Florida Veterans' Benefits Guide 2019" can be downloaded at www.FloridaVets.org

The information provided on this M4L webpage is not an endorsement 
of any organization, opinions, or views.  
The information is provided only as an information source.  
Always exercise discretion and caution.
THERAPEUTIC 

Golden Paws Assistance Dogs
3173 Horseshoe Drive South, Naples, FL   34104
Golden PAWS Assistance Dogs promotes independence for combat wounded veterans and children with life-changing disabilities through partnerships with skilled assistance dogs.
Golden PAWS Assistance Dogs are always placed at no cost to those they serve.  
Golden PAWS Assistance Dogs provides education and community outreach in support of the mission through therapy and ambassador dog programs. Golden PAWS is a respected and sustainable organization that creates meaningful impacts for service dog recipients while making lasting contributions in support of our community and those we serve.  Our extraordinary Goldens are the common denominator in all our work.
https://www.goldenpaws.org/
239.775.1660

Naples Therapeutic Riding Center 
206 Ridge Drive [just off North Goodlette Road], Naples, FL
Their "Operation Stride" mission is to improve the lives of Veterans through 
Therapeutic Riding and Equine-related programs.  All interaction is ground-work based.
Benefits of Therapeutic Horsemanship:  Opens an improved line of communication with family;  Restores a strong bond with family;  Gain confidence;  Manager anger;  Reduce Anxiety;  Work together as a team;  Develop strong interpersonal relationship skills
https://www.naplestherapeuticridingcenter.org/
239.596.2988
For "Operation Stride" special Veteran event dates and more information, visit:
https://www.naplestherapeuticridingcenter.org/operation-strides/

Veteran Barn Door Project
18531 Green Meadow Road, Fort Myers, FL
The Veteran Barn Door Project is committed to bringing balance and trust through Horsemanship training. Therapeutic horseback riding is the use of horses and equine-assisted activities in order to achieve goals that enhance physical, emotional, social, cognitive, behavioral and educational skills for people who have disabilities.
Services Offered
Horse riding lessons by certified instructors.
Non-riding therapy through horse grooming and care.
Opportunity for social interaction.
With instructors and volunteers that know horses you have a safe and welcoming environment.
Other activities that promote and encourage positive sensory interactions.
We can bring the horses to Veterans and their families to stables in their location.
Supporting horse stables and their business.
Fully insured for horse and rider.
https://www.veteranbarndoor.com/what-we-do
Steven DePalma -- 802.917.3550;  sdepalma@veteranbarndoor.com 

Southeastern Guide Dogs
4210 77th Street East, Palmetto, FL 34221
Our service dog program provides dogs to veterans living with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other challenges such as hearing loss, seizures, and balance issues. We have seen substantial success placing dogs with servicemen and women whose PTSD and other disabilities prevented them from returning to their previously active lifestyle.
https://www.guidedogs.org/
941.729.5665;    800.944.3647 (Toll Free)

ENTERTAINMENT / FAMILY ACTIVITIES / SPORTS

Vet Tix  -- provides tickets to events which reduce stress, strengthen family bonds, build 
life-long memories and encourage service members and veterans to stay engaged with local communities and American life.   Vet Tix provides tickets to all branches of currently-serving Military and Veterans, including immediate family of troops KIA.
VET TIX secures tickets to sporting events, concerts, performing arts, educational and family activities across the nation. For more information or to sign up online go to:   https://www.vettix.org/
Please note: a small delivery fee to receive the free tickets will apply.

START/OWN YOUR OWN BUSINESS

SCORE OF NAPLES  --  Thinking of starting or already have a business check out SCORE.  
The SCORE Naples chapter has over 65 experienced advisors with a wide variety of business backgrounds. In addition to free and confidential face to face counseling, 
they offer a variety of resources, tools and educational workshops on topics of interest to small businesses. 
SCORE OF NAPLES
900 Goodlette Road N
Naples, FL 34102
239-430-0081
https://naples.score.org/ 

MARINE  CORPS ORGANIZATIONS

Marine Corps Recruiting Station Naples
7550 Mission Hills Drive
Naples, FL 34119
239-304-1126

Marine Corps Recruiting Station Ft Lauderdale 
7820 Peters Road E101
Plantation FL 33324
954-452-0112

MARINE CORPS RESERVE UNITS
If you have finished active duty and have thought of maintaining an affiliation with the Marine Corps check out the Marine Corps Reserves. Having finished active duty, if you check out the reserves, join a reserve unit and find out that you can't participate for whatever reason you can leave anytime. The website lists every reserve unit in the nation. There are many benefits for participating as a Marine Reserve.  
https://www.marforres.marines.mil/

MARINE CORPS LEAGUE
Many benefits and information available.  
Join a local Detachment, connect with fellow Marines
https://www.mclnational.org/

Department of Florida Marine Corps League
https://www.mcldof.org/

US DEPT OF DEFENSE
The Department of Defense launched #KnowYourMil outreach initiative to connect the American public with their military and to help strengthen the civilian-military connection.

To receive the latest #KnowYourMil updates and news:
@DeptofDefense (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram) 
@DoD_Outreach Hashtag: #KnowYourMil
Website:    www.defense.gov/knowyourmilitary

The #KnowYourMil initiative encourageS new audiences to learn about their military, understand the connection to each other, and shed more light on the incredible service of the men and women in uniform.


MEDICAL  ASSISTANCE IN TIME OF NEED

Fisher House
A Fisher House is “a home away from home” for families of patients receiving medical care at major military and VA medical centers. The homes are normally located within walking distance of the treatment facility or have transportation available. There are 84 Fisher Houses located on 25 military installations and 35 VA medical centers.
Fisher House Foundation also operates the Hero Miles program, using donated frequent flyer miles to bring family members to the bedside of injured service members, as well as the Hotels for Heroes program using donated hotel points to allow family members to stay at hotels near medical centers without charge. 
https://www.fisherhouse.org/

SERVICE RECORDS
Request Military Service Records; Replace lost Medals-Awards; 
Research using Military Records
https://www.archives.gov/veterans

HOUSING ASSISTANCE / TRANSITIONAL HOUSING
Wounded Warriors of Collier County opens House for homeless veterans
https://www.naplesnews.com/story/news/health/2020/01/16/wounded-warriors-collier-opens-house-homeless-veterans-naples/4454931002/
For more information, visit:
https://www.woundedwarriorsofcolliercounty.com/

VA and Homeless Veterans.  
The VA initiated a program in 2009 to eliminate veteran’s homelessness.  
The VA, working with the Department of Housing and Urban Development, provides housing vouchers to homeless vets to assist in providing reliable rent payments and other extensive support services through VA Case Workers. According to a January 24, 2020 article in the Wall Street Journal, there are thousands of vouchers that have gone unused. The same article asserted that in 2009 there were 73,673 homeless vets and today there are just over 30,000 homeless vets. Even though the numbers have dropped significantly, there are still way to many homeless vets when there is assistance available. 
In Collier County the person to contact is David Soldano, 239-403-2377
Veterans Outreach, 2705 Horseshoe Dr, Suite #204, Naples, FL 34104