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.

February Luncheon
8 February 2017

"Collateral Life of Military Service” 

Jim Brescia

Our guest speaker is Jim Brescia, a resident of Big Canoe. Jim will share a humorous and poignant look at some of his experiences and perceptions with an eye toward the “collateral life” that accompanies military service. He will discuss what we can do to assist today’s veterans in their civilian journey.

Jim was drafted into the Army in 1965 at the age of twenty. He was part of a new Light Infantry Brigade that was formed at Fort Devens, Massachusetts. Originally intended for duty in the Dominican Republic a strange twist of fate resulted in the unit’s deployment to South Vietnam. During his tour of duty, Jim served with the 3rd Battalion, 21st Infantry of the 196th Light Infantry Brigade with a base camp in Tay Ninh and the 1st Battalion (Mechanized) 5th Infantry of the 25th Infantry Division with a base camp in Cu Chi. Jim was an Infantry Squad Leader and participated in many of the largest pre-Tet Offensive operations in Vietnam. His units were challenged with finding and engaging the enemy. This gave new meaning to the phrase “seek and you shall find”.

Two years after his induction, Jim returned to civilian life with three Bronze Stars, a Purple Heart and several unit citations. The shift from constant danger and vigilance to civilian life was abrupt but there were new career decisions that had to be made. His experience in the Army had opened his eyes to potential educational and career directions he had not previously considered.

Jim earned Bachelor and Master’s degrees in Psychology with the assistance of his G.I. Bill educational benefits. He was a school psychologist for several years. He then had the opportunity to change direction and work in private industry as a Director of Human Resources. What followed was 40 years of increasing responsibility at the Vice President level with companies ranging from small startups to large 10,000 employee organizations.

Jim’s goal was always to help the companies reach their business objectives by hiring, developing and retaining the best talent available. Several of his most recent employers were technology companies selling and servicing both hardware and software. His career came to a fitting conclusion when his Company was named “Best Company to Work For” by the Orlando Sentinel in their annual competition.

After almost 50 years of building a business career and dealing with the everyday challenges of civilian life, he has rediscovered his military roots and realized that military service spawns what could be referred to as “collateral life”. Jim and his wife Barbara recently retired to Big Canoe after renting here for 2 years. He is a member of the North Georgia Veterans, American Legion Post 149 and the Pickens County Veterans Memorial Park Association. 

Please plan to join us. 


North Georgia Veterans 
World War II D-Day Museum 
And Optional
New Orleans Highlights 
19 - 22 September 2017

Working with Dream Vacations, based upon your expressed interest, your Association has developed the most aggressive trip ever considered for our membership. We are planning to visit the WWII D-Day Museum in New Orleans, LA nextSeptember 19 – 22, 2017.

We are fortunate to have a travel expert in our community who is willing and able to assist us with planning this trip. We have developed an itinerary that addresses the main focus of our journey, and also provides a second day [Day three – Thursday] optional program that many of our guests may find appealing.

The details are spelled out in this document - NG Veterans group Itinerary Sept 19 2017_Proposal3.pdf. You will see that day two in New Orleans [Thursday] is actually the optional day I described above, and is tailored to individuals who may not wish to return to the WWII museum for a second day. The optional program has a lot to offer including the Confederate Memorial Hall Museum which contains thousands of artifacts on site. There are a host of other attractions for your enjoyment. We will all get back together for Thursday evening dinner regardless of the program selected.

We have additional details including the down payment, travel insurance costs, cancellation provisions, and payment schedule in this document -WWII_Museum_Trip.pdf. The trip itinerary is defined in the linked proposal and the price varies depending upon the Thursday option selected for each and every participant.

The price for the defined activities for a two day visit to the WWII Museum is $759 per person, double occupancy at the hotel or $999 for single occupancy. The price for the program with the optional second day itinerary is $699 or $939 for single occupancy. For example if you and your spouse are planning to attend and you will be adopting the basic program while your spouse chooses the optional second day program your cost would be $1458 [$759 + $699].

Please review the attached program, feel free to contact us with your questions, and express your intention to participate [individual, couple, or guest(s)] by email We need at least 30 participants / passengers to qualify for the pricing quoted.

Mike Ziegenbalg of Dream Vacations is available to answer questions you may have via his email and phone 706-579-5005

Save the date.  This is a trip / event you do not want to miss!

Reservations are limited to the first 50.  A waiting list will be created if warranted.

Deposit payment is due by 01/15/2017 - Final payment not due until 06/15/2017.  See Reservation form for further details. WWII_Museum.jpeg


Event registration - Click meeting date below

08 Feb 2017 11:30 AM • Mountains Grill at Big Canoe Clubhouse
19 Sep 2017 7:15 AM • New Orleans, LA

2017 Lunch Menu

1st quarter – Includes two soups and salad

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

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.

2017 New Members

James Fraser - Navy
Chris Kemp - Army
Barbara Schneider - Honorary 
Judith Persing - Honorary
Michael Tiller - Air Force
Dickie Purser - 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.



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