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 Program
11 March 2015

The Rev. Dr. Robert G. Certain

Linebacker II (The last air battle of Vietnam) & My Time as a POW

Robert Certain was born in Savannah, Georgia in December 1947. An alumnus of Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School in Maryland, he attended Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, and graduated in 1969 with a BA degree in History and a commission in the US Air Force. As a combat aviator he flew 100 missions over Southeast Asia in 1971 and 1972. He was shot down and captured in December 1972; and repatriated when the war ended a few months later.

Following the Vietnam War, he attended the School of Theology, an Episcopal Church seminary in Sewanee, Tennessee, and was ordained as a priest in 1976 after he received his Master of Divinity degree. In 1990, he was awarded his Doctor of Ministry degree from the School of Theology.

In his capacity as a military chaplain, he served in the Air Force on active duty and in the reserves. As a reservist he was assigned in various locations, including basic military training, at the headquarters of the Strategic Air Command and Air Mobility Command, and at the Air Force Academy. He also is a graduate of the Air War College. He retired from the Air Force Reserves in 1999 at the rank of Colonel.

Father Certain served parishes in Texas, Mississippi, Tennessee, Arizona, California, and Georgia. When he accepted the work of the Executive Director of the Military Chaplains Association in 2012, he retired from parish ministry. He also served on the Defense Health Board from 2007-2011, and was appointed to its committee on medical ethics in 2013. In 2009 he was appointed by the White House and the DoD to the Task Force for Prevention of Suicide by Members of the Armed Forces. Dr. Certain is currently on the VA Advisory Committee on Former POWs and the executive committee of the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention. He is also the National Missioner to Armed Services for the Brotherhood of St Andrew, President of Care For The Troops, Inc., President of the Atlanta Chapter of the Military Officers Association, and a member of the Atlanta Vietnam Veterans Business Association.

Robert published his autobiography, Unchained Eagle in 2003, with a second edition in 2010. He also wrote and published The Spiritual Quest in 2008 and collaborated on the writing and publication of a novel, Yankee Air Pirates, in 2010.

When former President Gerald R. Ford died in late 2006, Father Certain was chosen to lead all the memorial services and to preside at his burial in Michigan. In 2008 he was asked by Sen. John McCain to give the opening invocation at the Republican National Convention.

Robert is married to the former Robbie Wade of Blytheville, Arkansas. They have two grown children and two grandchildren living in Little Rock.


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.   Georgia National Cemetery 7 March 2015
11:00 - Noon
50th Anniversary
Vietnam Veterans Recognition Day
Ceremonial Wall Assembly Area

1080 Scott Huggens Drive
Canton, GA 30114
Phone: 770-479-9300

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

Click below for information
Visit the website for more details:

Event registration - Click meeting date below

11 Mar 2015 11:30 AM • Mountains Grill at Big Canoe Clubhouse

2015 Lunch Menu

1st quarter – Includes two soups and salad

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

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


Attention NGV Members

At our 14 January meeting Darryl Anderson suggested that we explore having a military artifacts / weapons exhibit where members and other interested parties would put various military artifacts, e.g. uniforms, equipment, letters, and weapons, in their possession, on display with some explanatory information if possible.  The event would be held immediately following our April 8th, luncheon meeting in the Club Room on the lower level of the Clubhouse, pending feasibility feedback from you.  This show would be open to members only and would showcase historical military weapons and paraphernalia from any branch of service, country or war and could include such weapons as: sabers, side-arms, rifles, bayonets, knives, and other small-arm weapons. 

Before finalizing plans we need your feedback to determine the level of interest for both exhibitors and attendees.  Please send an email expressing your interest to indicating what equipment you have to display or whether you are just interested in attending such an event, if a suitable number of exhibitors can be recruited.

Thank you


Powered by Wild Apricot Membership Software