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.

March Luncheon

8 March 2017

"The Sixth Uniform Service - U.S. Public Health Service” 

CDR George D. (Doug) Hanley

The North Georgia Veterans March Meeting / Luncheon will be held Wednesday March 8th at 11:30 AM in the Mountains Grill, Big Canoe Clubhouse. The guest speaker is CDR George D. (Doug) Hanley, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, U.S. Public Health Service, Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, Division of Toxicology and Human Health Sciences located in Atlanta, Georgia. The discussion will be about The Public Health Service and his prior service during the Vietnam war.

CDR Doug Hanley holds degrees in biological sciences and medicine. A veteran of the Marine Corps and the Vietnam conflict, he has served as a physician for The Sisters of Mary in the Dominican Republic, a county sanitarian, an institutional sanitarian in the Indian Health Service, and the Quality Management Coordinator for Health Care for the Federal Bureau of Prisons at FCI Terminal Island. CDR Hanley is currently assigned to the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) as an Emergency Response Coordinator/Environmental Health Scientist, where his unique combination of training and experience has proven extremely valuable in addressing the rising epidemiological issue of terrorist use of toxic substances. CDR Hanley currently serves as a liaison between ATSDR and other federal and state agencies, providing them with information, documents and training to prepare them to respond to terrorist incidents involving hazardous substances. Past member Commissioned Officers Association Board of Directors, and was name selected by the Surgeon Generals Chief of Staff for “Team ALPHA” pre-deployed for Hurricane Katrina. 

In 2007 he completed a 6-week deployment with the US Navy on the USS Peleliu in the South Pacific addressing the preventive medicine, epidemiology and environmental aspects of this presidential humanitarian mission.  

CDR Hanley is currently certified as a Registered Sanitarian and Grade One Water Treatment Plant Operator. He is the recipient of several awards and commendations including: The PHS Citation x 3, Crisis Response Service Award x2, National Emergency Preparedness Service Award, Outstanding Unit Citation x 4, Unit Commendation x7, Hazardous Duty Award, Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Meritorious Unit Citation, Vietnam Campaign Medal, and the Vietnam Cross of Gallantry. 

CDR Hanley’s voluntary community involvement includes, Promise Keepers Conferee Food Supervisor Los Angeles 1996 (47,000 for lunch), Cabrillo Marine Aquarium Whale Watch Docent, and he served for 7 years as a member of the Cobb County Board of Health and Community Services Board.

Please plan to join us.


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 Thursday evening dinner 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 03/03/2017 - Final payment not due until 06/15/2017.  See Reservation form for further details. WWII_Museum.jpeg


Event registration - Click meeting date below

08 Mar 2017 11:30 AM • Mountains Grill at Big Canoe Clubhouse
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.

2017 New Members

James Fraser - Navy
Chris Kemp - Army
Barbara Schneider - Honorary 
Judith Persing - Honorary
Michael Tiller - Air Force
Dickie Purser - Air Force 
Hunter Bell - Marine Corps 
Robert Colvin - Army
James Knapp - Air Force
Richard Fonde - Air Force
William Nelson - Army
Mark Herrington - Army
Josh Doup - Army
( R ) Michael Mizell - 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.


The Wall That Heals Vietnam Veterans Memorial Scheduled to Visit Johns Creek

The Wall That Heals, a 250-foot replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, along with a mobile Education Center, is scheduled to visit the City of Johns Creek March 30 – April 2 at Newtown Park. 

The Wall That Heals honors the more than three million Americans who served in the U.S. Armed forces during the Vietnam War and it bears the names of the more than 58,000 men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice in Vietnam.

Hosting The Wall That Heals provides a community with a multi-day experience of reflection that includes an educational experience for local schools and organizations on the history of the Vietnam era and The Wall.

We are both very honored and excited about the opportunity to host The Wall That Heals in Johns Creek,” said Mayor Mike Bodker. “We will never be able to repay those who made the ultimate sacrifice in service to our country; however, we can keep their memory alive and demonstrate our deep respect and gratitude by visiting the memorial, reflecting on the names listed on The Wall, and learning more about the Vietnam era.”

This is the first of only two stops in Georgia that The Wall will make in 2017, and it will be open 24-hours a day and free to the public. The second visit will take place in Meter, Georgia.

This special visit was made possible by the Knights of Columbus Assembly of St. Brigid Catholic Church, who originated the request on behalf of the City of Johns Creek and the Johns Creek Veterans Association.

The Wall will be escorted into the City by the Patriot Guard Riders, which is a motor cycle riders non-profit organization dedicated to ensuring dignity and respect at memorial services honoring fallen military veterans and first responders.

The exhibit includes The Wall replica and a mobile Education Center that comprises digital displays of photos of service members whose names are on The Wall; letters and memorabilia left at The Wall by visitors; a map of Vietnam; and a chronological overview of the Vietnam War.

The exhibits tell the story of the Vietnam War, The Wall, and the era surrounding the conflict, and are designed to place American experiences in Vietnam in an historical and cultural context.

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial is one of the most visited memorials in our nation’s capital, with more than 5.6 million visitors each year. However, many Americans have not been able to visit what has become known to many as “The Wall.” The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF), the organization that built The Wall in 1982, wants to provide all veterans, their family members, and the general public across America an opportunity to visit the memorial.

“Taking The Wall That Heals on the road gives thousands more veterans and their family members an opportunity to see The Wall and honor those who have served and sacrificed so much,” said Jim Knotts, president and CEO of VVMF. “It helps veterans from all of America’s conflicts to find healing and a powerful connection through their common military experiences.”

More than 200,000 people visited The Wall That Heals in 2016. Since its debut in 1996, the exhibit has been on display in nearly 500 U.S. communities, as well as internationally during an April 1999 tour of the Four Provinces of Ireland, and a visit to Canada in 2005.

VVMF coordinates local stops of The Wall That Heals and the accompanying mobile Education Center. The current schedule and more information can be found at:

The 2017 national The Wall That Heals tour is transported through a partnership with the Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) and generously sponsored by USAA, PBS, and GEICO. Local sponsorship was made possible by the City of Johns Creek, the Knights of Columbus Assembly of St. Brigid Catholic Church, and the Johns Creek Veterans Association.

About the half-scale replica of the memorial

The replica Wall is approximately 250 feet in length, and like the original memorial is erected in a chevron-shape. The replica is constructed of powder-coated aluminum, supported by an aluminum frame, and is made up of 24 individual panels, each containing six columns of names.

The names on The Wall That Heals replicate the names on The Wall in Washington, D.C. As on The Wall, the names are listed alphabetically by day of casualty. Beginning at the center/apex, the names start on the East Wall (right-hand side) working their way out to the end of that wing, picking up again at the far end of the West Wall (left-hand side) and working their way back to the center/apex. Thus, the beginning and ending of the conflict are joined at the center, signifying an epoch in American history.

About VVMF and the Education Center at The Wall

VVMF is the nonprofit organization that built the Vietnam Veterans Memorial (The Wall) in Washington, D.C. in 1982. VVMF is dedicated to honoring and preserving the legacy of service in America and educating all generations about the impact of the Vietnam War and its associated era through programs, ceremonies and education materials.

Three decades after building The Wall, the mission continues as VVMF raises funds to build the Education Center at The Wall in Washington, D.C. The Center will be an interactive learning facility on the National Mall where our military heroes' stories and sacrifice will never be forgotten.

The Education Center will feature the faces and stories of the more than 58,000 men and women on The Wall and honor America's legacy of service, including those serving in our nation's Armed Forces today. Time Warner is the Lead Gift Benefactor in the campaign to build the Education Center at The Wall. To learn more about VVMF and the future Education Center at The Wall, visit or call 202-393-0090.


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