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.

12 October Meeting

Ed DeVos
"Revenge at Kings Mountain"

This is a story of our forefather’s courage and valor, honor and integrity. It is a story of our history. It is a story about those who sacrificed so much so that we can enjoy the freedoms we have today. It is a story of a battle fought long ago which set into motion the winning of the American War for Independence. It is a story of men and women who stood up against a British government and said enough is enough. While this is a story of one battle fought in 1780, its story of sacrifice is something that still lives in us as Americans today. 

After graduating from Florida Southern College in 1969, Ed served his country for more than twenty years as an Infantry officer in both state-side and overseas assignments. During those years he was assigned to four US Army battalions and was an advisor to several Vietnamese infantry battalions. His last assignment was to activate and then command 1st Battalion 87th Infantry (Light), 10th Mountain Division from September 1986 to May 1989. He was awarded a number of decorations including the Silver Star with one oak leaf cluster, the Legion of Merit, the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, US and German Parachute Wings, and the US Army Ranger Tab. He is a graduate of the US Army’s Command and General Staff College where he received his Master of the Military Arts and Science degree.

After his retirement from the Army, he became a self-employed businessman for over seventeen years in the financial services industry where he helped hundreds of families with their insurance and investment needs.  In 2006, Ed and his wife, Susan, moved to McCormick, South Carolina where he now spends the majority of his time writing Christian historical novels and speaking to church, veterans, and social groups. He was written three books: The Stain, a book about the Centurion at the Cross; The Chaplain’s Cross, a World War II air battle in the Pacific; and his most recent book, Revenge at Kings Mountain, about a significant Revolutionary War battle. All of these books are about strong men; men who demonstrate integrity and honor; courage and valor. All of Ed’s books are available in local and national outlets. He is now in the research phase of writing his fourth book, For the Common Good; the Story about a Family of Warriors.

Our October meeting will also include some special sweet treats provided by the Sequoyah Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Bring your sweet tooth because these baked goods are always a special delight. 


North Georgia Veterans
29-30 September 2016 visit to
US Space & Rocket Center and Huntsville, Alabama

Thursday, 29 September

0730 (EDT) Muster at the Big Canoe Wildcat Parking Lot (casual attire with nametags)

0745 Depart by multiple privately owned vehicles (POV’s) from Wildcat Parking Lot

1015 (CDT) Arrive Gibson’s BBQ, 3319 Memorial Parkway, S.W., Huntsville, AL35801 (Telephone: 256-881-4851) for lunch buffet ($13.50)

1115 Depart Gibson’s for Space & Rocket Center, 1 Tranquility Base, Huntsville, AL 35805 (Telephone: 1-800-637-7223)

1130 Arrive Space & Rocket Center – Park in second visitors parking lot adjacent to Davidson Center for Space Exploration and Saturn V Hall.Check-in at group arrivals and visit rest rooms before bus tour

1230 Depart on bus tour of Space & Rocket Center ($15 prepaid)

1430 Return from bus tour for self-guided tour of Space & Rocket Center ($11 prepaid)

1530 Saturn V Rocket one hour guided tour (free) – check in at #1 floor marking near rocket engine inside the Davidson Center

NLT 1700 Depart Space & Rocket Center to check-in to Fairfield Inn & Suites, 1385 Enterprise Way, Huntsville, AL 35806 (Telephone: 256-971-0921) ($89 Special Rate)

1815 Muster at Fairfield Inn entrance lobby to walk or drive to dinner (0.1 miles)

1830 Cocktails and dinner at Ol' Heidelberg German Restaurant, 6125 University Drive, Huntsville, Alabama 35806 (Sit together but order individually from the menu)

Friday, 30 September

0600-0900 (CDT) Breakfast served at Fairfield Inn

TBD Option 1: U.S. Veterans Memorial Museum, 2060A Airport Road, Huntsville AL 35801 ($4), open 1000 to 1600,

TBD Option 2: Huntsville Botanical Gardens, 4747 Bob Wallace Ave SW, Huntsville, AL 35805 ($10), open 0900 to 1800,

TBD Option 3: Cathedral Caverns State Park, 637 Cave Road, Woodville, AL 35776 (Telephone: 256-728-8193). 1 ½ mile, 90 minute walking tour at 1000 or 1200 ($13). Arrive 15 minutes before your tour starts! Travel time from hotel estimated at 1 hour.

TBD Option 4: Unclaimed Baggage Center, 509 West Willow Street, Scottsboro, AL 35768 (Telephone: 256-259-1525). Travel time from hotel estimated at 1 hour and from Cathedral Caverns estimated at 30 minutes.

TBD Return to Big Canoe

Suggested restaurants for lunch in Huntsville and Scottsboro, AL:

  • Po-Boy Factory, 815 Andrew Jackson Way, Huntsville, AL 35801 (Telephone: 256-539-3616)

  • McCutchen’s Magnolia House, 303 E. Willow St, Scottsboro, AL 35768 (Telephone: 256-259-3077)

  • Buenavista Mexican, 25663 John T. Reid Pkwy, Scottsboro, AL 35768 (Telephone: 256-574-3543)

  • 50 Taters Comfort Food, 24961B John T. Reid Pkwy, Scottsboro, AL 35769 (Telephone: 256-259-3222)

    Note: Register online at and not later than Thursday, 8 September telephone the Fairfield Inn (1-256-971-0921) or click here Book your group rate for North Georgia Veterans to reserve your room in the block of rooms set aside for the North GA Veterans!

    Please make your checks [$26 per person] payable to the North Georgia Vets.  You can place your payment in the Association's alpha box in our mail-room or mail to North GA Veterans, 10923 Big Canoe, Big Canoe, GA 30143.  Please promptly submit your payment.

    Advance payment is required to reserve transportation for our bus tour and guarantee the group rate(s). Change of plans after 9/14 will not be accompanied by a refund.  There will not be any refunds after 9/14, nor will there be any further reservations accepted. 


Event registration - Click meeting date below

12 Oct 2016 11:30 AM (EDT) • Mountains Grill at Big Canoe Clubhouse

2016 Lunch Menu

4th quarter – Soups and salad for October only

October – Beef tip tenderloin over noodles
November (evening meal) – TBD
December – (Army/Navy game) –deli sandwhich, meat balls, pasta salad 
and chips

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 


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.



2nd Annual Charity Homeless Veteran Golf Event set for Friday October 28th at Lake Arrowhead Highlands Course

Click here for event details: 2016golfouting8.pdf


Dan Cherry our August guest speaker has suggested these books on the Vietnam War, in a response to Bennett Whipplel on this subject. Here are a few you might find interesting:

· Thud Ridge by Jack Broughton

· The Passing of the Night by Robinson Risner

· Valley of Death by Ted Morgan

· March of Folly by Barbara Tuchman

· We Were Soldiers Once, and Young by Harold Moore and Joseph Galloway


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