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.

10 August Meeting
Guest Speakers:

Dan Cherry, Brigadier General USAF (Ret)


John Stiles, Lt Colonel USAF (Ret)

"My Enemy - My Friend"

General Dan Cherry is the author of My Enemy, My Friend, a story of reconciliation from the Vietnam War. This inspiring book chronicles an intense 1972 dogfight between Dan’s F-4 Phantom and a North Vietnamese MiG-21 and his subsequent meeting and friendship with the MiG pilot, Nguyen Hong My. Please view this unbelievable story – click on the link to it here:

Dan travels extensively giving speeches and promoting his book in an effort to help Vietnam War veterans bring closure to their war experiences. He is also Executive Vice President of Aviation Heritage Park, an educational facility in Bowling Green, Kentucky dedicated to inspiring the youth of today by exhibiting aviation artifacts that represent the careers of distinguished aviators from South Central Kentucky.

Dan developed his leadership and administrative skills during his career as a fighter pilot in the United States Air Force. He entered the Air Force in 1959 as an Aviation Cadet and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in 1960. His military credentials include flying 295 combat missions during the Vietnam War and shooting down a North Vietnamese MiG-21. During his Air Force career, he held the positions of:

Commander and Leader of the Air Force Thunderbirds;
Commander of Moody Air Force Base, Georgia;
Inspector General of the Pacific Air Forces;
Commander of the 8th Tactical Fighter Wing, flying the F-16 and;
Commander of the Air Force Recruiting Service

He earned several military awards and decorations including the Distinguished Service Medal, the Silver Star with one oak leaf cluster, the Legion of Merit with two oak leaf clusters, the Distinguished Flying Cross with nine oak leaf clusters and the Air Medal with thirty four oak leaf clusters. He completed his service in the Air Force with the rank of Brigadier General and was inducted into the Kentucky Aviation Hall of Fame in October 2000, as well as the Georgia Aviation Hall of Fame in Warner Robins. Dan has also served in state government as Secretary of the Kentucky Justice Cabinet.

We are also fortunate to also have Lt Col John Stiles with us. He was seated in the rear seat of the plane
Hong My shot down several months before his own downing. They learned that the American pilot had died, but his navigator, retired Air Force Lieutenant Colonel John Stiles, was alive. Just before being rescued by helicopter, Stiles was confronted by a man with a gun. For some reason the man didn't shoot and Stiles escaped. But the memories of the downing - the hours he spent in Laos evading the enemy, the time he spent hanging from the trees, watching the wreckage of his plane burn - stayed with him. Every year they returned around the anniversary of the crash in the form of panic attacks. That stopped when he met Hong My in 2009.

We also have some special guests joining us for the August luncheon - LTC Clayton D Meals, Commander 5th Ranger Training Battalion and his Command Sergeant Major, Jerry L Dodson Jr CSM who have accepted our invitation to join us for this meeting.

We hope you will plan to join us for this extraordinary luncheon meeting. This will be yet another in a series of inspirational guest speakers and special guests we have been fortunate to bring to you.

Please register here at our website to make your lunch reservation.


Community Dinner

Absolutely No K-rations Served
July 27
thCommunity Dinner will be
Sponsored by the North GA Vets

Attention, soldiers, here’s an orderyou don’t have to come in mess dress to the North Georgia Veterans’ Community Dinner at the Big Canoe Clubhouse on Wednesday, July 27. Veterans representing every branch of the military are sponsoring the July Community Dinner at The Clubhouse. The July POA Community Dinner will be a great opportunity for all to say thank you to those who have served in the armed forces of the United States. If you are a veteran and can still wear some or all of your uniform and/or accessories you are encouraged to do so. Members are reminded to wear their name badges.

We are also seeking 14 volunteers [it's okay to volunteer for this] to bring a military artifact suitable to serve as a center piece on the estimated 14 tables at the dinner.  Please contact Paul Goldstein if you are willing or interested in helping with this request.

So, what might be on the mess menu board? Maybe you’ll be served Navy bean soup, Army mystery meat loaf, M.A.S.H. potatoes, Marine green beans, & Doughboy rolls. GI Cup of Joe & Iced Tea. Dessert provided by the North GA Vets will tap out the meal. Meal cost is $22.00 per person all inclusive.

Muster @ 1800Hrs. That's 6PM in case you don't recognize military time. Cash bar will be provided.  Seating and welcome at 1845Hrs, with dinner promptly at 1900Hrs.

Reserve early by contacting Jena Hopper at (706) 268-2420 or

Social Hour Drink Specials

Air Force B-52 * Navy Grog * Army French 75


Event registration - Click meeting date below

10 Aug 2016 11:30 AM (EDT) • Mountains Grill at Big Canoe Clubhouse

2016 Lunch Menu

3rdquarter – Includes salad only, no soups

July – Hamburgers and hot dogs, potato salad, baked beans
August – Barbeque, cold slaw, and Brunswick stew
September – Country style ribs, pasta salad and baked beans

Important links to Remember

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

To order a replacement DD-214 -

Apply for VA health benefits online -

Georgia Nationa Cemetary - Canton, GA -

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

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

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

Benefits for Aging Veterans -

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 tab above for appropriate order links.

2016 New Members

Philip Miller - Air Force
Jewel Henry - Air Force
Ron Mann - Army
H. Wayne Crawford - Army
Dan Bishop - Air Force
Ted Minick - Marine Corps
John Simmons - Army
Mike Bernstein - Air Force
Paul Corkill - Air Force
Jim Brescia - Army
Daniel Zachman - Air Force
John Hughes - Army
Byron Barron - Army
Charlie Ferris - Air Force
Rick Williams - Marine Corps
James Terry - Army
Scott Curran - Air Force
Steve Shannon - Army
Eugene. S Hall - Navy / Coast Guard
Craig Robinson - Army
Marie Stepp - Army
Rita Van Fleet - Army
Philip Spackman- Army
Tom Craton - Army
John Tricoche - Army
Vernon Dau - Army
Jerry J Colley - Army
Morgan Gunn - Army
Edward Papps - Air Force
Timothy Ytoung - Army
Ken Smith - 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.


Watch / Listen for Further Details

North Georgia Veterans Fall 2016 visit to
Space & Rocket Center and US Veterans Memorial Museum in Huntsville, Alabama

Thursday [9/22 or 9/29 - TBD]

0700 Muster at the Big Canoe Wildcat Parking Lot (casual attire with nametags)

0715 Depart by multiple privately owned vehicles (POV’s) from Wildcat Parking Lot

1115 Arrive Space & Rocket Center, One Tranquility Base, Huntsville, AL 35805 and eat lunch at “Mars Grill”

1230 Depart on bus tour of Space & Rocket Center ($15)

1500 Return from bus tour for self-guided tour of Space & Rocket Center ($11)

TBD Depart Space & Rocket Center to check-in to Fairfield Inn & Suites, 1385 Enterprise Way Huntsville, AL 35806 ($79 Senior Rate)

1745 Muster at Fairfield Inn entrance lobby to walk or drive to dinner (0.2 miles)

1800 Cocktails and dinner at Ol' Heidelberg German Café (Rated # 1 or 2 out of 476 restaurants) (Sit together but order individually from the menu)

Friday, [9/23 or 9/30 - TBD]

TBD Breakfast served at Fairfield Inn

0830 Muster at Fairfield Inn entrance lobby (casual attire with nametags)

0845 Depart by POV for Space & Rocket Center

0900 Option 1: Return to Space & Rocket Center to continue self-guided tour ($11)

1000 Option 2: Arrive U.S. Veterans Memorial Museum, 2060A Airport Road, Huntsville AL 35801 ($4)

TBD Depart by POV for Big Canoe with stop at the following suggested lunch locations:

Gibson's BBQ on South Parkway

Dreamland Barbecue on University Drive

The Po Boy Factory is located at 815 Andrew Jackson Way


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