‘Gulf Coast Veterans & Friends’ keeps vets connected throughout the year

November marks a month of recognizing our veterans and their families in services.

These vets come together for major events, but a Southwest Florida group wanted to make sure they’re connecting throughout the year.

“Celebrate being alive and remember those who we lost,” said Air Force Veteran Jessica Stearns.

Proud to be an American after serving the United States.

Military stickers fill one north Naples parking lot off of Old 41 every Saturday where, regardless of a veteran’s branch of service or rank, all veterans who walk inside Biz Park Suite 300 become a part of a family of support.

“Why not get a kick out of spending some good time with good people,” said Navy Veteran Sam Miele.

“I think it’s beneficial for us veterans to be able to talk to people that have had very similar experiences,” said Stearns.

Gulf Coast Veterans & Friends (WINK News)

Creating this comradery for our service members is why “Gulf Coast Veterans and Friends” was founded a little over a year ago.

“We really saw that void, that they wanted to be with one another…these veterans, some of them are so isolated,” said Kim Anderson.

Now, the nonprofit provides a safe place where, for three hours every week, dozens of veterans can share their stories over a cup of coffee and a warm meal.

“We also have announcements every Saturday, so if there’s new opportunities for veterans or businesses offering discounts, the VA is offering something new, we will bring it to their attention because they are our family,” said Heather Corace.

A growing family embracing those who served.

Veterans and volunteers are welcome to join the weekly social group. They’ll meet this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Biz Park in north Naples.

That address is 15900 Old 41 Rd, Naples, FL 34110.

Reporter:Melinda Lee
Writer:Briana Harvath
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