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.

Artifacts Exhibit
Big Success

The Artifacts Exhibit suggested by Darrly Anderson was very well supported and attended.  There were ten exhibitors who graciously put many priceless mementos on exhibit for the enjoyment of our membership.  A big thank you to everyone who helped make this a memorable event.  Click here to see some photos taken at the 8 April event:  Photos


13 May Program
"Campaign Planning and Execution"

Steve Arnold - Commanding General of the Third United States Army and Army Central Command (Ret)

Steve Arnold served in the United States Army for nearly 35 years, culminating his service as the Commanding General of the Third United States Army and Army Central Command, which included responsibilities in 22 countries stretching from Pakistan back through the Middle East and south to Kenya. Other assignments of note included Chief of Plans and Operations for the Land Forces in Operation Desert Storm and subsequently, the Commanding General of the 10th Mountain Division. His assignments included tours in Viet Nam, Korea, Germany, Somalia, and Desert Storm in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Iraq. He also commanded US Army forces during Hurricane Andrew Relief efforts in South Florida.

In 2005 and 2006 Steve lived in Iraq while running the LOGCAP III program for KBR. That project provided US Forces and the Department of State with a complete logistics system as well as engineering and construction services in eight countries. His current work with civilian agencies allows Steve to continue to proudly support the soldiers of the United States and NATO.

Steve is Airborne and Ranger and also graduated from the Infantry Officer Basic Course, the Armor Officer Advanced Course, the US Air Force Command and Staff College and the US Army War College.

Steve was born in Decatur, Illinois. He graduated from West Point and subsequently received MS degrees from Auburn University (Political Science) and from the University of Southern California (Systems Management). He and his wife Susan now reside in Big Canoe, Georgia. They have three children and three grandchildren.


GDVS Announces Vietnam War Certificate of Honor Program

In conjunction with the 50th Anniversary Commemoration of the Vietnam War, the State of Georgia wants to honor every one of its 234,000 Vietnam War veterans. To accomplish this goal, the Georgia Department of Veterans Service, in partnership with the Office of Governor Nathan Deal, has created the Vietnam War Certificate of Honor program. Every Georgia veteran with honorable service during the Vietnam War [1 June 1954 - 15 May 1975] is eligible to receive this certificate. With the help of veterans service organizations, word of mouth, and local media support, these Certificates of Honor will be ceremonially presented to every Vietnam War veteran in Georgia. Each certificate is personalized with the Vietnam War veteran’s name, rank, branch of service, and dates of service (during the Vietnam War) printed over the Seal of the State of Georgia and includes the official U.S. Department of Defense’s Vietnam War Commemorative Partner logo. 

The North Georgia Veterans will be collecting this data from interested veterans beginning now through June 19.  We will submit the data for certificate preparation to the appropriate authority and make arrangements for a group presentation at our 12 August luncheon meeting. 

If you would like to be included in this program please send your name, rank, branch of service, and dates of service to:

For more information about the program click here:


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.


Current Events
I.    Camp Merrill Open House - 2015
Camp Frank D. Merrill Open House on 25 April 2015

The Open House is from 1100 to 1700, and is open to the public. Typically, about 3,000 civilians from the local area attend and it's a great event for veterans, civilians, families, and children of all ages. It's mostly outside, and there is a little walking involved, though we do have designated vans for transportation for the less mobile.

Throughout the day there are a number of demonstrations, including: - Mountaineering climbing and rappelling - Live snake show - Hand-to-hand combatives - The centerpiece demonstration is the Rangers in Action, featuring a demonstration by Fort Benning's parachute demonstration team, followed by an infantry squad's demonstration of an air assault insertion, FRIES insertion, SPIES extraction (all via UH-60), and an ambush. It's a good idea to bring sunglasses for the parachute demonstration, and clear lenses for the Air Assault/SPIES/FRIES, as the viewing area for spectators is close to the aircraft when they come to a hover and they kick up some debris. For young children, it's a good idea to bring some hearing protection (lots of blank fire, explosions, and smoke grenades) during the RIA.

Additionally, static displays will be set up all day to observe and put hands on our equipment, which includes US and foreign weapons, aircraft, parachuting equipment, maritime equipment (SCUBA, zodiacs, etc), vehicles, mountaineering equipment, medical equipment, commo equipment, and camouflage. After the RIA demonstration, an infantry squad in full kit is available to see how Soldiers wear and carry current equipment.

Below is a website with a few photos from last year's event, from a local reporter & a facebook site:

Event registration - Click meeting date below

13 May 2015 11:30 AM • Mountains Grill at Big Canoe Clubhouse
18 Jun 2015 10:30 AM • Marietta, GA

2015 Lunch Menu

2nd quarter – Includes two soups and salad

April – Beef stroganoff with pasta
May – Center pork chop with sauce
June – Grilled chicken breast

Important links to Remember

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.

2015 New Members

Robert Watson - Army
Dick Dame - Army
Michael Whatley - Army
Jim Curland - Navy
Ray Jones - Air Force
Jeptha V. Greer - Army
Annette Ripley - Army
Ralph Ripley - Army
Dennett Hansell - Army
Douglas Hosmer - Air Force
Charles "Ray" Hughes - Army


  Current Events - Continued

II.   For the Warriors Foundation
    Charity Golf Tournament & Celebration Dinner
June 7 - 9, 2015

Click below for information

Visit the website for more details:

III.    Bluegrass Charity Festival
May 8, 9, 10

True Bluegrass fans are anxiously awaiting the upcoming Bluegrass Festival to be held here in Jasper on Mother’s Day weekend, May 8-10. Why?   Because this is anticipated to be one of the largest bluegrass gatherings in North Georgia, featuring some of the best bluegrass musicians known from the southeast. With only 6 weeks until show-time, we want to help those new to the bluegrass genre get to know our bands and the music they love to perform. 

Advance ticket sales conveniently available at the customer service counter - Foothills IGA.

Click here for more information:

IV.    Lockheed Martin Marietta Plant

With Sam Broadie's cooperation, a tour is being scheduled for 18 June, at 1030 hrs at the Lockheed Marietta plant.  No more than 30 members can attend.  So, registration will be limited to members only and limited to the first 30 applicants.

The company’s site in Marietta, Georgia, is home to assembly of the C-130 Hercules transport. The Marietta site is also responsible for the avionics and engine modernization programs for the C-5 Galaxy strategic transport, P-3 Orion program operations, including the new wing production line, and the center wing assembly for all three variants of the F-35 Lightning II [pictured above]

Normally there is a welcome session, tour of the C130 production line followed by lunch in the Lockheed cafeteria.  More details will be forthcoming as arrangements are finalized. 

You may register using the event registration section near the top of this page. 


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