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.

Watch the Army-Navy Game
10 December at the Swim Club

Plan to arrive at 2:30pm - kick off is at 3pm 

Please register so we will know in advance how many chicken wings to order. 

Register your friends and neighbors to attend America's game at the Swim Club

Remember to wear your name badge!

We will watch the game on a new 70+ inch flat screen television in the Swim Club.

We are having the game this year as a fund raiser for the NGV Association. There will be a $5 per person cover charge and the association will furnish wings, popcorn and a 10X10 matrix for some scoring equity. Squares will be for sale at $5 each. Four winners will split the purse with the association at the end of each quarter - no overtime consideration. Any blank unsold squares will be considered NGV property.

We have a fresh supply of challenge coins for anyone interested. The coins are $10 each and will be available at game day.

Please bring any additional snacks you would like and of course your beverage(s) of choice.

The game begins at 3PM so plan to arrive in time to get seated and have a cool one to enjoy before kick-off.

Just get registered, join in, and enjoy.


January Luncheon
11 January 2016

Honoring Our Fallen

Brigadier General,
USA (Ret) Steven R. Hawkins

Brigadier General, USA (Ret) Steven R. Hawkins received a commission as a Regular Army second lieutenant after graduating as a distinguished military graduate in 1972. He served in a wide variety of troop and staff positions including the 27th Engineer Bn (Airbornej.l S'" Airborne Corps; 2d Engineer Bn, 2d Infantry Division; 4th Engineer Bn, 4th Infantry Division; Deputy Area Engineer, USACE Middle East Division, Jubail, Saudi Arabia; 1 st Infantry Division (Fwd), Goppingen, Germany; 9th Engineer Bn, 7th Engineer Bde. 

He commanded the 1 st Engineer Bn (Combat) (Mechanized), 1 st Infantry Division at Fort Riley and in Operation Desert Storm in the Gulf War. He served as the senior Combat Engineer Trainer, Operations Group, National Training Center, Fort Irwin, CA. From Fort Irwin, he commanded the Engineer Brigade, 1 st Armor Division in both Germany and Bosnia. He later served as the Chief of Staff of the 3rd Infantry Division at Fort Stewart and Kuwait. He was assigned as the Deputy Chief of Staff, Engineer, United States Army Europe, including 5 European countries and operations in Bosnia, Albania and Kosovo. He was also the Director of Military Programs, overseeing worldwide military construction for the Army and Air Force at HQ, USACE. Further, he commanded the Great lakes and Ohio River Division, USACE. Also, he commanded CJTF 4, TF Fajr, and TF RIE in Iraq as part of CENTCOM, Third U.S. Army and Land Component Command. 

Upon his retirement from the Army in 2005, he served as the World Wide Overseas Director for the American Battle Monuments Commission, headquartered in Paris,France, overseeing the operation of24 memorial military cemeteries and 25 U.S. Federal monuments in 10 countries. He retired from Federal Civil Service as a senior executive in 2012.

BG (Ret) Hawkins is a graduate of the Engineer Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College and the Air War College. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Utah State University, and a Masters of Science degree from North Carolina State University. His many awards and decorations include: Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Legion of Merit with 5 Oak Leaf Clusters; Meritorious Service Medal with 4 Oak Leaf Clusters; Bronze Star Medal; Overseas Service Ribbon (six awards); Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster; Saudi Arabia Kuwait Liberation Medal; German Armed Forces Honor Cross (Silver); the Valorous Unit Award; Ranger Tab; Senior Parachutist wings. 

A previous guest speaker for our organization, we are honored and privileged he has accepted our invitation to return. 


North Georgia Veterans 
World War II D-Day Museum 
And Optional
New Orleans Highlights 
19 - 22 September 2017

Working with Dream Vacations, based upon your expressed interest, your Association has developed the most aggressive trip ever considered for our membership. We are planning to visit the WWII D-Day Museum in New Orleans, LA nextSeptember 19 – 22, 2017.

We are fortunate to have a travel expert in our community who is willing and able to assist us with planning this trip. We have developed an itinerary that addresses the main focus of our journey, and also provides a second day [Day three – Thursday] optional program that many of our guests may find appealing.

The details are spelled out in this document - NG Veterans group Itinerary Sept 19 2017_Proposal3.pdf. You will see that day two in New Orleans [Thursday] is actually the optional day I described above, and is tailored to individuals who may not wish to return to the WWII museum for a second day. The optional program has a lot to offer including the Confederate Memorial Hall Museum which contains thousands of artifacts on site. There are a host of other attractions for your enjoyment. We will all get back together for dinner Thursday evening regardless of the program selected.

We have additional details including the down payment, travel insurance costs, cancellation provisions, and payment schedule in this document -WWII_Museum_Trip.pdf. The trip itinerary is defined in the linked proposal and the price varies depending upon the Thursday option selected for each and every participant.

The price for the defined activities for a two day visit to the WWII Museum is $759 per person, double occupancy at the hotel or $999 for single occupancy. The price for the program with the optional second day itinerary is $699 or $939 for single occupancy. For example if you and your spouse are planning to attend and you will be adopting the basic program while your spouse chooses the optional second day program your cost would be $1458 [$759 + $699].

Please review the attached program, feel free to contact us with your questions, and express your intention to participate [individual, couple, or guest(s)] by email We need at least 30 participants / passengers to qualify for the pricing quoted.

Mike Ziegenbalg of Dream Vacations is available to answer questions you may have via his email and phone 706-579-5005

Save the date.  This is a trip / event you do not want to miss!

Reservations are limited to the first 50.  A waiting list will be created if warranted.

Deposit payment is due by 01/15/2017 - Final payment not due until 06/15/2017.  See Reservation form for further details. WWII_Museum.jpeg


Event registration - Click meeting date below

19 Sep 2017 7:15 AM • New Orleans, LA

2017 Lunch Menu

1st quarter – Includes two soups and salad

January – Fried chicken
February – Meat loaf
March – Pork Tenderloin

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
Dave Slade - Navy
Peter Lehr - Army
Tim Hart - Navy
Charles Kellner - Army
Steve Swenson - Army
Chuck Schmandt - Army
Benjamin Underwood - Air Force
Dennis Dean - Marine Corps
John Sheffield - Air Force
Gary Seraydarian - Army
John Lynch - Army
Tim King - Marine Corps
Jack Fay - Army
Cathy Hedvall - Coast Guard
Kenneth Hedvall - Coast Guard
Charles B. Knapp - Army
William Pattillo - 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.



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