June Luncheon Meeting
Wednesday 8, June 2016 - 11:30am
Mountains Grill, Sconti Clubhouse
"Freedom Isn't Free"
Tommy is a single parent with a 30-year-old son Adam (who is 9th Generation Army, 2004-2012, as a Ranger with 9 combat tours, in Iraq and Afghanistan ) and 28-year-old daughter Erin (married with three children and has manages her own photography business). Tommy is an active member of North View Christian Church.
Born and raised in Decatur, GA; he was a 1965 Honor Graduate and Most Outstanding in Track and Field. He attended the University of Houston on a Track Scholarship for one year; before leaving college and volunteering for the Army. He was a member of Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity while there.
Tommy spent 3+ years in the Army, attaining the rank of Captain, during his tour in Vietnam (with the C/2/27 Infantry-Wolfhounds, of the 25th Division), as an Artillery FO (Forward Observer), He was wounded on May 29, 1969 on the Cambodian border, losing all three limbs, internal injuries and loss of hearing. He then spent 22 months in the Atlanta VA Medical Center, going through 33 operations. Since 5/29/69 Tommy has survived 50 inpatient surgeries and an additional 15 outpatient surgeries.
He is currently a Consultant with the DOD’s 50th Anniversary Observance of the Vietnam War. Tommy shoots, hunts and fishes year-round, reads constantly for pleasure and to stay educated and researches military history and data.
Tommy finished college in 1975, as an Honor Graduate from Georgia State University, with his B.S. in Urban Administration/City Management.
He retired on 2/29/12 after 47+ years of military and government employment. He has worked out of D.C. with Congress, and as Staff Assistant to the Director of the Atlanta VA and for then 19 years as a field manager/veterans service officer out of Conyers, GA, for the GA Dept. of Veterans Service.
Tommy is a Life Member of the 5 big veterans organizations (American Legion, AMVETS, Disabled American Veterans, Military Order of the Purple Heart, Veterans of Foreign Wars), volunteers on the National and State level with the POW/MIA Issue, volunteers with/for the NRA (as a Life/Endowment Member), is the current President/COB of the Walk of Heroes Memorial (a $34 Million 900’ long Memorial, with $2.8 Million built), has served as the State President of the Georgia Jaycees 1977-78, has served as State President since 1983 of the Georgia Veterans Leadership Program, and regularly coordinates Statewide events/programs to honor veterans/military and their families as a whole and/or specifically targeting an era and has been involved in over 300+ MEMORIALS honoring veterans/military and their families.
Since 1970, Tommy has been recognized, over 200 times, on the city, county, state and national level; and, for his leadership and accomplishments. Yet, his comment is “The teams I serve make me look good and any recognition of me is recognition of a great TEAM effort and GOD grants me my abilities.”
Tommy’s mission as a public speaker is to help the audience gain a greater appreciation of GOD, Self, Family, Community, Country and that America is the exceptional Country among all on Earth. Having been pronounced dead in Vietnam, GOD has allowed his path through life to serve as an example of what faith and determination can achieve!
Event registration - Click meeting date below
08 Jun 2016 11:30 AM (EDT) • Mountains Grill at Big Canoe Clubhouse
2016 Lunch Menu
2ndquarter – Includes two soups and salad
April – Beef stroganoff with pasta
May – Center pork chop with sauce
June – Grilled chicken breast
Important links to Remember
Big Canoe Wellness Collaborative Assistance - http://www.bcwell.org/?page_id=2 Phone 706-268-3441 [Fitness Center]
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
We have tentatively committed to hosting the July 2016 Community Dinner. Please save the date on our calendar 27 July 2016. Details forthcoming as planning takes shape.
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