North Georgia Veterans

Please join us 

If you served in the armed forces of the United States, we would like to invite you to join with us for lunch and fellowship on the 2nd Wednesday of each month in the Mountains Grill at the Big Canoe Clubhouse.   Our meetings start at 11:30am and usually end by 1:30pm.  Cost is $17 per person and includes a great buffet lunch.  Dress is informal for our monthly meetings.

Membership is open to all who served and received an honorable discharge.  There is no cost to becoming a member of North Georgia Veterans, so please complete an online application today.

Our Mission Statement

A. Provide an opportunity for fellowship with and service to military veterans living in       the North Georgia area.

B. Preserve and promote the traditions and history of the United States Armed Forces.

C. Conduct charitable and community service as determined by the officers and                  leadership of NGV. 

NGV Visit Charleston
2 Oct - 5 Oct 2019

Group Photo 41 Members and Guests

More pics via "photo" tab at top of page


Important 2019 Dates

o Boy Scouts flag retirement / disposal ceremony October 20 @1700Hrs at the Terraces 
o Veterans Day Observance 11AM, 11/11 - Chapel
10th Annual Banquet 6PM, 11/6 - Sconti 
o December 14th - Army/Navy Football game 3pm in the Mountains Grill accompanied by a buffet of hot dogs, hamburgers, Etc. 


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Bulletin Board

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Veterans Memorial Marker Program 

SOP  NGA_Vet_Memorial_Marker_SOP_V6.doc

Application NGV_Memorial_Marker_Application_V6).doc


             Piedmont Urgent Care by WellStreet

Atlanta, Ga. (Sept. 24, 2019) – Piedmont Urgent Care by WellStreet, one of Georgia’s largest urgent care networks, is now a contracted network provider with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health plans. Veterans enrolled in the VA health care system can visit a participating civilian urgent care provider and receive non-emergency care without pre-authorization.

Click here / below for additional details:  Piedmont_Urgent_Care_WellStreet.doc



Truths and Factual History

9:00 am – 2:30 pm
130 West Paces Ferry Rd NW
Atlanta, GA 30305

Click here for further information: VWSFinalFlyerEmail8-30-19.pdf



                    VA Office Has Moved

Many vets may not be aware that the Vets office has moved from the old courthouse in Canton to a new location:

220 Brown Industrial Pkwy
Suite 150
Canton, GA  30115 

That is the street that leads to the library at Exit 19. Turn west off I-575 onto GA Hwy 20toward downtown Canton and Brown Industrial Pkwy is the first traffic light after the interchange.  220 is the same building as the Drivers License building.  Suite 150 is on the front of the building.



                  The Birdwell Foundation
                    "No One Heals Alone"

The Birdwell Foundation provides support and comfort to those who are suffering from post-tramatic stress and empowering others to aid those afflicted with this disease.  Please click here for more information: 


                          Shepherd Center

The Shepherd Center Foundation has contacted us via letter expressing their appreciation for our fundraising efforts at the July Terraces concert. Clcik here to view the letter: Shepherd_Center_Letter_7-29-2019.pdf

Video of June 2019 Luncheon  Clcik link below:

The Johns Creek Veterans Association Project

Click here to continue reading Johns_Creek_Project.pdf


Videos of Memorial Day Observance 27 May 2019

Introductory video:



NGV Annual Dinner
6 November, 2019, 6:00 PM
Mountains Grill at Big Canoe Clubhouse

In order provide the clubhouse with a meal count, registration for our NGV Annual Dinner will close October 29th.  If you plan on attending you need to register TODAY!

Again this year we will offer the customary three choices for your entrĂ©e'; Chicken Cordon Bleu, Prime Rib and Salmon Filet. All entrees served with roasted potatoes, fresh vegetable medley, rolls and butter, and mixed green salad with dressing(s), cake dessert, coffee & iced tea.  A fourth vegetarian meal selection is also available this year. 

Cash bar available

This event is limited to members only and their guests. Dress for this event is our NGV uniform, so if you've not yet ordered your name tag you'll want to order it today.  The NGV uniform is described under the uniform components tab on the NGV website.  It will also explain how to order your service tie and miniature medals, if you choose to wear them along with proper placement on your uniform. 


          Professor of Military Science
           University of North Georgia

Colonel Joshua D. Wright is a native of Girard, Illinois and a graduate of Eastern Illinois University. Commissioned as an Infantry Officer, he has served in air assault, airborne, infantry, mechanized and cavalry units worldwide.

He served as a Lieutenant at Fort Campbell, Kentucky in the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and then commanded A Company, 3-15 Infantry, E Troop, 9 Cavalry, and B Troop, 6-8 Cavalry in the 3d Infantry Division at Fort Stewart, Georgia. He served as a Small Group Instructor and Tactics Team Chief at the Infantry/ Maneuver Captains Career Course, Fort Benning, Georgia. He later served as a battalion operations officer and executive officer in 5th Ranger Training Battalion, Dahlonega, Georgia and brigade operations officer in 4th Brigade, 1st Armored Division. He then served as an observer, coach and trainer, later commander Live Fire Task Force at the Joint Readiness Training Center, Fort Polk, Louisiana. 

He commanded 1st Battalion, 67th Armor, Fort Carson, Colorado, and served as the director commander's initiatives group Maneuver Center of Excellence, Fort Benning, Georgia. He most recently commanded the US Army Brigade, TF Sinai, in support of the Multinational Force and Observers and served as the Deputy Commander and Chief of Staff of the Multinational Force and Observers. 

He has deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom and Freedom Sentinel in Afghanistan, Operation Spartan Shield in Kuwait, Operation Joint Forge, Operation New Horizons and Multinational Force and Observers. 

COL Wright is a graduate of the Infantry Officer Basic and Advanced Courses; Ranger Course; Command and General Staff College; Joint Firepower Course; and the Air War College. He holds Master's of Science degrees in Management and Leadership and Strategic Studies.

His awards and decorations include the Silver Star, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medals, Meritorious Service Medals, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, Iraq Campaign and Afghanistan Campaign Medals and MFO Medals, Presidential Unit Award, Meritorious Unit Citations, Superior Unit Awards, Combat Infantry Badge, Expert Infantry Badge, Ranger Tab, Senior Parachutist and Air Assault Badges.

He is married to Cheryl Wright and has a son, Mitchell and two daughters, Sydney and Hannah.

The Cadet Color Guard will formally post and retrieve the colors at our banquet. 

Please plan to attend to welcome these outstanding guests from the University of North Georgia.




Event registration - Click meeting date below

06 Nov 2019 6:00 PM • Mountains Grill at Big Canoe Clubhouse

2019 Lunch Menu

4th quarter – Soups and salad for October only

October – Beef tip tenderloin over noodles
November (evening meal) – TBD
December – (Army/Navy game) – Watch for details 

Important links / Resources to Remember:

VA Office Location [new]:

220 Brown Industrial Pkwy
Suite 150
Canton, GA  30115 

Pete Mecca's Website:

History of NGV presentation by Bill Saling - Feb. 2019
NGV history.pdf

Veterans Alliance, Inc - Honor Guard
Jim Phillips, President 678-471-0140
Harold Light, Treasurer 770-475-5175
Les Henry, Operations 302-893-4529 

2018 GHPCO Veteran Resource Guide.pdf

Big Canoe Wellness Collaborative Assistance -  Phone 706-268-3441 [Fitness Center]

To order a replacement DD-214 -

Apply for VA health benefits online -

Georgia National Cemetary - Canton, GA -

Veteran EOL Benefit
End of Life.pdf

Order form for NGV name badge -
Name Badge Order Form UPDATE 2019.doc

Order NGV imprinted merchandise -
To order imprinted merchandise contact.doc

Memorial template for your funeral -
North Georgia Veterans Memorial Service template.doc

Benefits Information for Veterans -
Presumptive Conditions Table.pdf
8 May 2019 Meeting - Benefits Video

Drew Early - Veterans Benefit Presentation -
N. GA Veterans Benefits 4.10.13.ppt

To order campaign tie and/or miniature medals -
Click on uniform components menu option at the page top for appropriate order links.

2019 New Members

Harry Johnson - Army
Harford Field - Air Force
Gerald Keating - Army
Bill Flanagan - Air Force 
Jill Philmon - Honorary 
Pete Mecca - Air Force 
Roger Hackler - Army

Benjamin Underwood - Air Force
Brad Brinzo
- Air Force
Charles Johnson - Army
William Evans - Air Force
Frederick Tucker - Air Force
Alec Sawyer - Air Force
Dan Zachman - Air Force
James Dyer - Marine Corps
Alexandra Finan - Air Force
William Johnston - Army
Bradley Burgess - Navy

Steve Austin - Army
Erv Dykstra - Army
Michael Garvey - Army
Ray Roth - Army, Navy, Air Force
Eugene Justice - Army
Hank Jenkins - Army

William Flanagan - Air Force
Robert Isham - Army
Lisa Hughes - Navy
Steve Curry - Army
Laurence Mellgren - Army
Doug Barr - Air Force
Kim Bridgford - Army
Benjamin Underwood - Air Force
Frank Cox - Marine Corps
Robert (Bob) Miller - Army Air Corps
John Jacobsen - Marine Corps
Philip Farias - Army


Reservation Problems??

There have been problems reported with our reservation system.We have not been able to repeat the symptoms with testing and therefore we are asking for your help.

Upon completion of your event registration / reservation you should find a confirmation email in your In-box or spam folder. If you do not receive the confirmation message chances are your request was unsuccessful.  If after a second attempt you do not successfully complete the process please contact Paul Goldstein for assistance:

Lastly, please keep your confirmation message until the completion of the luncheon. In case your name is not on the sign-in list, we will need this message to help hunt down what happened.




North Georgia Veterans Celebrate Veterans Day

   11am - Monday, 11 November 2019

  Big Canoe Chapel


The North Georgia Veterans (NGV) will present a program Veterans Day, Monday, November, 11th, 11 a.m., at the Chapel. There will be a service medley sung by the NGV chorus and a speech honoring all veterans by our very own Lieutenant David Howe. 

Lt. Howe is a 1967 graduate of St. Lawrence University (Canton, NY - BA) and a 1969 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School (Philadelphia - MBA). He entered Naval Officer Candidate School at Newport RI in April 1969.

Upon graduation from Navy Supply Corp School in Athens GA, Howe headed to San Diego for independent Supply Officer duty on the USS GURKE (DD-783), a Gearing class FRAM-II destroyer staffed by 385 officers and crew. He was in charge of all food service, cash management, payroll, ship’s services, and critical parts inventories. GURKE deployed in May 1970 for the Philippines and Vietnam.

Among its actions in the war zone, GURKE accompanied the aircraft carrier USS SHANGRI LA (CVA-38), one of the carrier bases for air combat operations over North Vietnam. GURKE also conducted search-and-rescue in the North China Sea off Haiphong, North Vietnam. Additionally, the ship engaged in patrol and interdiction of weapons smugglers up and down the South Vietnamese coast. GURKE provided frequent gunfire support from coastal waters for military operations ashore. The ship received periodic fuel and ship’s stores replenishments both underway and at the Subic Bay Naval Base, Philippines.

Upon completion of service, Howe began a business career with an emphasis on small company finance and venture capital. In 1980, he founded Peachtree Capital Corporation, an SBIC. An in-depth focus on the payment systems sector later on led Howe in 1989 to join the startup team of Lynk Systems, Inc., an Atlanta-based electronic merchant processor specializing in ATM, debit and credit card payment transactions. The venture-funded company grew into the top tier of U.S. merchant processors and in 2004 was acquired by the Royal Bank of Scotland, after which Howe retired as Senior VP-Finance.

In recent years, Howe has been active in support of veterans. With Veterans Airlift Command, an organization of volunteer private pilots, Howe provided free air transportation for veterans wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan to distant medical facilities for specialized care. He was also on the board of Vets Help Vets, which renovated residential housing for veteran patients at the Shepherd Center (Atlanta). Through the SHARE program at Shepherd, veterans receive treatment for traumatic brain injury and PTSD. Howe also served three years on the Shepherd Center Advisory Committee.

Howe is an active member of the North Georgia Veterans. He is an active volunteer in the Big Canoe community, where he has lived with his wife Peggy since 2008.

Music will be provided by our own NGV Choral Group. 

Uniform of the day is casual, unless you are part of the program in which case you should wearyour NGV uniform.

Please plan to arrive no later than 1045 hours, so we can begin on time.  No need for any registration, justcome.

Invite your friends and neighbors to help acknowledge those who have and continue to serve our Country.

Communications Director
North Georgia Veterans


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