Come visit us at The Museum of Military Memorabilia. We have thousands of military artifacts from all branches of the Military. The Museum is located in the Naples Municipal Airport which was originally built by the Army Corps of Engineers to train pilots for the pacific theater in WWII.

What has begun as a Museum Honoring Military Aviation in WWII has evolved into so much more. You can now see historical artifacts dating back to the Revolutionary War and all the way up to the present day Iraq & Afghanistan conflicts.


2012 marked the 70th anniversary of the founding of the Naples Airport as a WWII Army Air Forces Training Base.


Our Fund Raiser for Homeless Veterans

 


Our Fund Raiser for Homeless Veterans. In February of 2016 the Naples Civil Air Patrol Senior Squadron and The Museum of Military Memorabilia teamed up for it’s 2nd Annual “USO Show”, to raise money for Homeless Veterans. It was held in the Hertz Hanger, which is the state of the art hanger where the Hertz rental car company keeps it’s corporate jets. It is a maintenance facility for these very expensive jets. They however allow non profit functions to be held there as a way to give back to their community. It is there that we chose for our USO Show fundraiser. The event was held to help wounded and or homeless Vets.

This years event was a Bob Hope USO Show like the ones he put on in Vietnam. to give the men who were stuck over there a piece of American entertainment.

Our Fund Raiser for Homeless Veterans

Museum of Military Memorabilia

 We had a gourmet style food line with the same type metal platters they used in Vietnam Chow Lines. But ours was catered with much better food. We had a top shelf liquor bar and great entertainment from a Bob Hope reenactor who entertained the crowd for about an hour.

Our Fund Raiser for Homeless Veterans

Bob Hope re-en actor

We had silent auctions and live auctions, complete with a section set up with real military articles from the Vietnam war courtesy of The Museum of Military Memorabilia, also located in the Naples Airport Commercial Terminal.  ( open 7 days a week).

Our Fund Raiser for Homeless Veterans

Vietnam Chow Lines

Our Fund Raiser for Homeless Veterans

In Honor of the 5 Branches of our Military

 

 

 

Outside we had vehicles and two military planes that were in town for a display at the Naples Airport.  Yes it was a Heck of a night.

Our Fund Raiser for Homeless Veterans managed to raise $10,660 for the Homeless Veterans in SWFL. which all went to The Del Webb Naples Veterans Club.




The Del Webb Naples Veterans Club

The Del Webb Naples Veterans Club has been working with the Department of Veterans Affairs, Health Care Services-Florida, to identify ways in which we can be of help to needy veterans in SWFL. In connection with this effort, we have learned that there are at least 300 homeless veterans
( both men and women ) in SWFL that typically have almost nothing and are in need of permanent housing as well as basic necessities.
Our Fund Raiser for Homeless Veterans

Group Shot of Robert McDonald, President of the Museum of Military Memorabilia, handing donation check for $10,660 to John Blatner, VP of Grace Lutheran Church and member of the Del Webb Naples Veterans Club, this money was collected at The Museum of Military Memorabilia and the Naples Civil Air Patrol’s USO Show,02/16 to aid homeless Veterans in SW Fl.    ( photo by C.W. )

(The Names of the people in the photo are as follows, front row,( left to right) : Ted Soliday, Vietnam Cobra Pilot, USMC (Retired)Director of Naples Airport (Retired)-  John Blatner, Vice President of Grace Lutheran Church-Robert McDonald,US Army 101st Airborne ( retired) President Museum of Military Memorabilia ( Standing)-Myra Williams-Joyce Blatner- Tom Strum. back row, Diane Strum- Pastor Mark, Grace Lutheran Church-Steve Brights,Grace Lutheran Church, Congregation President.)



 Volunteer representatives from the Bay Pines VA Healthcare System are working with HUD and VA Supportive housing in a joint effort to move these homeless veterans and their families out of homelessness and into permanent housing, but are not in a position where they can provide them with basic necessities such as T-shirts, underwear, socks, shampoo, toothpaste, a toothbrush, and a $5 meal ticket to McDonald’s or one of the others , this may change in regards to what is better quality.


Accordingly, the Del Webb Naples Veterans Club has decided that it can help these homeless veterans by providing each of them with a package of basic necessities that, after substantial discounts from contributing business, can be purchased for $50 PER Veteran.
Our Goal, to help 100 homeless veterans by Memorial Day, 100 by the 4th of July and another 100 by Veterans Day. We will continue this cycle as contributions continue to come in. We know that with your help we can meet and exceed this goal.

Contributions can be made to Del Webb Naples Veterans Club 6055 Anthem Pkwy, Ave Maria, FL 34142.  check Google Maps for directions



On Thursday, May 12th, from1-4pm Oasis Club, Ave Maria 6055 Anthem Pkwy, the Del Webb Naples Veterans Club will host an open house for the community to help assemble the packages for these homeless veterans. We invite everyone to join us at the Oasis Club. Feel free to bring cards for veterans that you would like to include in the packages– your cards are much appreciated. 


Part 2 of Our Fund Raiser for Homeless Veterans

 

Our Fund Raiser for Homeless Veterans

(from left) David Collins , Ken Robinson, Robert McDonald, Tom Strum, John Blanter

Well we all gathered in the Oasis Country Club in Ave Maria, to meet and greet and assemble the first 1oo care packages for the homeless veterans living in South West Florida. The Museum of Military Memorabilia sent Their President Robert McDonald,  Dave Collins and his wife Deborah Collins.

Our Fund Raiser for Homeless Veterans

Some members of the Oasis Veterans Club, assembling the care boxes

Our Fund Raiser for Homeless Veterans

sample of the items going into the care boxes

Our Fund Raiser for Homeless Veterans

There were many older retired Veterans there,There was an Army Veteran  that was 98, he was there to lend his support as were  all these members of the Del Webb Veterans Club, who are the ones that originated the idea of giving these care boxes to the homeless Veterans.  The Military Veterans have a Motto, That is “Never leave a brother behind”, and they are keeping that pledge. albeit, this is but one Group of fine Americans caring for their fellow Vets  who’s to say it can’t spread, it should spread like wildfire just think of all the Country Clubs in South west Fl. alone that could join in and help these Veterans, Business’s could join in with support or even donated items to go to these Veterans who for what every reason do need this help. They are out there. We had a room full of School children writing wonderful letters to these Veterans, sending them well wishes and Thank You’s.

Our Fund Raiser for Homeless Veterans

Major Tracy Sunderlage Special Forces / Airborne Vietnam Combat Veteran US Army (retired) and our President Robert McDonald 101st Airborne US Army Retired, Discussing Battle tactics ,

  We met one retired Special Forces Airborne Veteran from Vietnam who was a career man retired as a Major, who kept Dave and Bob completely immersed in Vietnam Experiences and will be the subject of an upcoming post, what an exciting life this man has had. More on that coming in another post. He was there with his wonderful wife who was helping with the boxes and telling us stories of his days as an advisor in Vietnam.  He was the real deal.

Our Fund Raiser for Homeless Veterans

School Children, writing letters to the Veterans

Our Fund Raiser for Homeless Veterans

Myra Williams was there to help

Our Fund Raiser for Homeless Veterans

Diane Strum, Bob McDonald , and Tom Strum the Strums are from Grace Lutheran Church who do a great deal for our Veterans including being heavily involved in the Honor Flights, taking our Vets to visit their Memorials in Washington

The Del Webb Veterans Club were assisted by the V.A.  at Bay Pines, in St Petersburg Fl. The V.A. is responsible for distributing the care packages as they know where all these Heroes are located and are best suited for that task. Our Goal,is to help 100 homeless veterans by Memorial Day, 100 by the 4th of July and another 100 by Veterans Day. We will continue this cycle as contributions continue to come in. We know that with your help we can meet and exceed this goal.

Contributions To Our Fund Raiser for Homeless Veterans can be made to Del Webb Naples Veterans Club 6055 Anthem Pkwy, Ave Maria, FL 34142

Our Fund Raiser for Homeless Veterans

This Check was presented to The Del Webb Veterans Club for this purpose , the money was raised at the USO Show, Our Fund Raiser for Homeless Veterans that was held by The Museum of Military Memorabilia with the Naples Senior Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol,

 

Museum of Military Memorabilia

Our Fund Raiser for Homeless Veterans

Giant Thank You Card The Museum of Military Memorabilia received from The wonderful people at the Del Webb Veterans Club , very nice Gesture

Our Fund Raiser for Homeless Veterans

Both sides of the inside of this giant Thank You card was signed by all the members of the Del Webb Veterans Club

Our Fund Raiser for Homeless Veterans

Ken Robinson President of the Del Webb Veterans Club, at Ave Maria

Our Fund Raiser for Homeless Veterans

Thank You from all the members of the Del Webb Veterans Club

 The money was raised at the USO Show Our Fund Raiser for Homeless Veterans  that was held by The Museum of Military Memorabilia with the Naples Senior Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol, both located at Naples  Airport Commercial Terminal. That is where the Museum of Military Memorabilia has two Museums. One of the rooms is dedicated to WW2 Aviation and the other is Dedicated to all other branches and conflicts since. I invite you to come see us  at Naples Airport 500 terminal rd Naples Fl. 34110 ( and we are looking for Docents, )

We will to be developing a website  to make it easier to get the word out and tell the story to get more people involved, these Veterans need help and we can’t just forget about their sacrifices. Remember        ” No Man Left Behind”    it’s what separates The American Spirit from the rest of the world,  We Take Care of our own.   Thank You  in Advance

Museum of Military Memorabilia

 I have inserted some pictures from that afternoon, and the short video clip from Wink News reporting the story, and you can always donate to this fund as they plan on doing this in the future.

 

Our Fund Raiser for Homeless Veterans

Some Del Webb Veterans Club Members 

Contributions can be made to Del Webb Naples Veterans Club 6055 Anthem Pkwy, Ave Maria, FL 34142

Anyone who would care to Donate to this very worthy cause may do so thru our PayPal account please add a note that what it is for and we’ll get it to them. here is the portal

 

 

 

Museum of Military Memorabilia

 

C.W. Museum of Military Memorabilia Naples Fl.

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