Claude Shipley - Tallahassee, Florida
Colonel Claude W. Shipley served in the United States Army 1975 to 2001.
He is an active member of the Leon County Veterans Organization Leaders Council coordinating all Veteran related events or pertinent information throughout the year and effecting planning, participation and execution. His hard work culminated in successful service and benefit to all County Veterans. Enhanced awareness of Veteran population and services to the public, allowing provisions to serve the Veterans.
Currently, Mr. Shipley is the President of the Tallahassee Military Officers Association Chapter, building the program to include all services and increasing the membership to an all-time high while expanding programs to serve members through greater support, while enhancing the strength of the legislative arm for Veteran benefits.
He currently serves as the President of the Tallahassee Military Officers Scholarship Fund that dispenses $8,000 annually to graduating Seniors at FAMU and FSU; $500 per selected student in the Air Force, Army, Marines and Naval ROTC programs.
Mr. Shipley also serves as the Volunteer Project Manager the Florida Veterans Foundation's 2014 and 2015 Homeless Veterans Stand Down. As Project Manager in Stand Downs assisted with significantly reducing the numbers of homeless Veterans in Leon County and improving the Quality of Life for many others. This was achieved with the recruitment of over 400 volunteers to support over 200 Homeless/At Risk Veterans. Due to its efforts and the year-round organizations assisting homeless, by the end of 2015 there were less than 100 homeless Veterans in the Leon County area. The success of this program has never been equaled by others' follow-on leadership.
As an Active Member of AMVET Post #1776; supporting fund-raising operations committee for the Bell Tower at the Tallahassee National Veterans Cemetery. It was successful and the Bell Tower will be constructed when the COVID-19 infection allows.
He also serves on the following:
• Board Member of the West Point Society of Tallahassee
• Active Life Member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #3308
• Active Member of the American Legion Post #13
• Active Member of the Disabled American Veterans