Wounded Veterans Enjoy Visit to Port of the Islands
By MELANIE L. BENFIELD
9:10 p.m., Friday, October 31, 2008
NAPLES — A little “R&R” was provided Friday in Collier County to some veterans who were wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Cliff Naylor, post commander of the VFW District 10129 in North Fort Myers, brought 27 injured veterans from the Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center in Georgia to the Port of the Islands Resort and Marina for a special weekend hosted by Sunstream Inc. The soldiers range in age from 21 to 57.
Naylor stated in a press release that about 30 years ago, concerned citizens took him and other wounded soldiers to Miami for much-needed “R&R.” He wanted to extend the same favor by bringing vets from Iraq and Afghanistan here.
The veterans were greeted by the Lely High School Band and JROTC along with representatives of Palmetto Ridge High School.
Everglades City Sons of the Confederate Veterans Camp 2150 provided a cookout lunch for them at the marina.