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.

Important 2019 Dates

o Mark your Calendar - September 11th
The men's and women's golf associations are sponsoring a community dinner on September 11th, which is patriots day. It will be a whole evening event unlike the usual community dinners. The theme is red white and blue to honor our veterans and the people we lost on 9/11.
o Boy Scouts flag retirement / disposal ceremony October 20 @1700Hrs at the Scout
Hut area
o Veterans Day Observance 11AM, 11/11 - Chapel
10th Annual Banquet 6PM, 11/6 - Sconti 


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Bulletin Board

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     Military Order of Purple Heart, Chapter 531

Fund raiser at the Chops and Hops in Watkinsville, GA on July 25th  Click here for more info: Chops_Hops.JPG


                   Handicapped Vet Needs Help

We have a request from a family of a 30 year old paraplegic for help with finding and obtaining a handicapped equipped automobile.  Anyone with a contact or an idea of how we/who can address this need please email Rebecca Bliss

July 6th Concert Collections

Our collection efforts resulted in a donation to the Shepherd Center Share Program of $2650.  This is record total for this highly worthy program. 


Video of June 2019 Luncheon  Clcik link below:

The Johns Creek Veterans Association Project

Click here to continue reading Johns_Creek_Project.pdf


Diane Ward

A memoria service is planned for Diane Ward for 8/3/19 at 11am in the Big Canoe Chapel.  Please Keep Terry and family in your thoughts and prayers. 


Videos of Memorial Day Observance 27 May 2019

Introductory video:




Pete Mecca: Proud to be a participant, but the other lectures will be awesome.

Thomas Kimmel is the grandson of Admiral Husband Kimmel, our fleet Commander at Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941. Tom retired from the Navy and the FBI. A great speaker.

Hilbert Margol is a WWII combat veteran and active member of my Atlanta WWII Round Table. He participated in the liberation of Dachau concentration camp and fought all the way across Europe.

Zellie Orr is THE PERSON in Atlanta when it comes to the history and promotion of the Tuskegee Airmen. A great speaker and historian.

Click here for more information: HistorySpeaks2019.pdf


VA MISSION Act, Exclusive Access to, and Borne the Battle. Click here to download information  VA_MIssion_Act_Info_April-2019.pdf


August Luncheon

11:30am, 14 August 2019

"The Pentagon on 9-11"


Commander, Land Component Command,

Georgia Army National Guard

Brigadier General Lawrence E. Dudney, Jr. was Commander, Land Component, Georgia Army National Guard. He was responsible for the leadership and planning of Homeland Security Operations for the state of Georgia working closely with both military and civilian agencies.

Brigadier General Dudney enlisted in the Georgia Army National Guard in June 1977 in Springfield, Georgia. He has degrees from Georgia Southern College, Georgia College and State University, Shippensburg University and the US Army War College. He was commissioned in Field Artillery from The Officers Candidate School at Fort Benning, Georgia. In 2003 he was inducted into the Officer Candidate Hall of Fame at Fort Benning.

Brigadier General Dudney's combat assignments
include Deputy Commander of the 48th Brigade (4200+ soldiers) in Iraq from 2005-2006 and Commander of Combined Joint Task Force Phoenix in Afghanistan (11,000+ servicemen and women from the US and over 20 countries) from 2009-2010. He has also commanded the 48th Infantry Brigade and 76th Troop Command the 2 largest organizations in the Georgia National Guard. He was also assigned to the Pentagon from 2000 to 2002 and in the Pentagon on 9-11. 

He received the Purple Heart for being wounded on 9-11. The Department of the Army also awarded him the Soldier's Medal for Heroism. The National Guard Association of the United States awarded him the Valley Forge Cross for Heroism for his actions in the Pentagon during 9-11. His overseas assignment was serving as the Senior Army Guard Advisor for United States Forces Korea (IJSFK) in Yongsan, Korea from 2002-2003. Having served as the principal reserve component advisor to the 4-star command in Korea, he provided recommendations to the command on employment of National Guard and Reserve forces on the Korean peninsula. 

He was also assigned as the Deputy Director of Operations at Northern Command (NORTHCOM) at Colorado Springs in 2010. He has had multiple commands from battery all the way to Brigade and Major Command. He has had a long and distinguished military career in leadership and staff positions. His career has been one of outstanding leadership, integrity and selfless service. A former educator he now works for Valiant/Cubic Corporation as a mentor to National Guard units. He lives in Canton with his wife Katie and two children.


Event registration - Click meeting date below

14 Aug 2019 11:30 AM • Mountains Grill at Big Canoe Clubhouse

2019 Lunch Menu

3rd quarter – Includes salad only, no soups

July – Hamburgers and hot dogs, potato salad, baked beans
August – Barbeque, cold slaw, and Brunswick stew
September – Country style ribs, pasta salad and baked beans

Important links to Remember:

Pete Mecca's Website:

History of NGV presentation by Bill Saling - Feb. 2019
NGV history.pdf

Veterans Alliance, Inc - Honor Guard
Jim Phillips, President 678-471-0140
Harold Light, Treasurer 770-475-5175
Les Henry, Operations 302-893-4529 

2018 GHPCO Veteran Resource Guide.pdf

Big Canoe Wellness Collaborative Assistance -  Phone 706-268-3441 [Fitness Center]

To order a replacement DD-214 -

Apply for VA health benefits online -

Georgia National Cemetary - Canton, GA -

Veteran EOL Benefit
End of Life.pdf

Order form for NGV name badge -
Name Badge Order Form UPDATE 2019.doc

Order NGV imprinted merchandise -
To order imprinted merchandise contact.doc

Memorial template for your funeral -
North Georgia Veterans Memorial Service template.doc

Benefits Information for Veterans -
Presumptive Conditions Table.pdf
8 May 2019 Meeting - Benefits Video

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 menu option at the page top for appropriate order links.

2019 New Members

Harry Johnson - Army
Harford Field - Air Force
Gerald Keating - Army
Bill Flanagan - Air Force 
Jill Philmon - Honorary 
Pete Mecca - Air Force 
Roger Hackler - Army

Benjamin Underwood - Air Force
Brad Brinzo
- Air Force
Charles Johnson - Army
William Evans - Air Force
Frederick Tucker - Air Force
Alec Sawyer - Air Force
Dan Zachman - Air Force
James Dyer - Marine Corps
Alexandra Finan - Air Force
William Johnston - Army
Bradley Burgess - Navy

Steve Austin - Army
Erv Dykstra - Army
Michael Garvey - Army
Ray Roth - Army, Navy, Airforce
Eugene Justice - Army
Hank Jenkins - Army

William Flanagan - Air Force
Robert Isham - Army
Lisa Hughes - Navy


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.


North Georgia Veterans

2019 Field Trip

Wednesday – Saturday, 2 – 5 October – Charleston, SC

Wednesday, 2 October – Travel by POV to Homewood Suites by Hilton, North Charleston

Thursday, 3 October:

0830 Depart hotel by motor coach to Patriot’s Point Naval                     Museum Tour and Lunch

1300 Ft Sumter Ferry and Tour

1545 Warren Lasch Convention Center Tour and CSS Hunley                 Submarine

1845 Depart hotel for Spiritline Dinner Cruise of Charleston                 Harbor (choice of four entrees)

2200 Return to Homewood Suites

Friday, 4 October:

0830 Depart hotel for historic Charleston motor coach tour

1130 Boone Hall Plantation Tour and lunch

1430 Citadel Retreat Parade

1800 Dinner at Hyman’s Seafood Restaurant

2000 Return to Homewood Suites

Cost: $336 per person for bus, guided tours and meals assuming          25 participants

        $160 per night double occupancy for lodging & breakfast             (which includes taxes and fees)

Attire: Casual and comfortable

Saturday, 5 October – Travel by POV back to Big Canoe

Note: Please send an email to to express your attendance intentions, including any accompanying guest / spouse. You need not reply if you responded previously to the event survey.

Carpooling is encouraged and you should feel free to make ride-share arrangements.  Anyone who can not find a ride should let Paul Goldstein know as soon as possible. 



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