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.

Jasmin Ilazovic
Made Honorary Member

The North Georgia Veterans appointed Jasmin Ilazovic an honorary membership at their May 13 luncheon meeting.  Jas serves as the Big Canoe Clubhouse Director and has supported our association tirelessly in that capacity. Jasmin served in the Yugoslavian Army from 1991 to 1996, was affiliated with the NATO and UN peace keeping forces in the former Yugoslavia, during the the Yugoslavian Civil War. This tribute recognizes his role supporting the goals of the US Military in that campaign.

Jasmin is pictured here with President Terry Ward and Vice President Norm Hoechstetter


25 May
Annual Memorial Day Observance
"The Meaning of Memorial Day"

Col Donald L. Brown USAR, (Retired)

A large crowd was on hand for the annual Memorial Day observance organized and hosted by the North Georgia Veterans. Donald Brown, Col. USAR (retired) was the guest speaker.  For anyone interested the text of his message is available via download from our site by clicking this link: MEMORIAL_DAY_SPEECH_2015.doc


10 June Meeting

Chief Master Sergeant (Ret) Ed Brown
The History and Beneifits of USAA

Chief Master Sergeant (Ret) Ed Brown is the 6th Chief Master Sergeant of the Air National Guard, National Guard Bureau, Washington, DC. While serving in the Pentagon, he was responsible for all affairs concerning the training, welfare and quality of life for enlisted personnel assigned to the Air National Guard, United States.

In 1972, he began his active duty military career as a Security Forces Specialist serving in the United States Air Force with assignments to the Presidential Honor Guard, Bolling Air Force Base, Washington, DC and subsequent assignments to Plattsburg AFB, NY, Galena Air Force Station, Alaska and extended short tours and TDY’s throughout the US and Abroad.  After his release from active duty, Chief Brown transferred to the New York Air National Guard, 109th AW, Schenectady, New York.  He later transferred to the Georgia ANG as a Security Forces Specialist while employed with the Atlanta and Cobb County Police Departments, Atlanta, Georgia.  In 1986, he returned to active duty status serving as an Air National Guard Recruiter and Professional Military Education Instructor. Chief Brown served in numerous assignments and positions before his appointment as Chief, Air National Guard Student Affairs, Senior Non-commissioned Officer Academy, Air University, Maxwell AFB, Alabama, and later, assuming his final position as the sixth ANG Command Chief Master Sergeant.

Upon retiring from the US Air Force in 1998, he was recruited by United Services Automobile Association (USAA) as the Reserve Component Program Manager, Military Affairs (Public Relations Manager). As the USAA National Guard and Reserve Components Program Manager, he developed national military service relationships, business development, project development, market analysis and communication plans. Also coordinated and served on cross-company marketing committees that developed and implemented new opportunities and initiatives for all USAA lines of business within the military community.

In 2001, Ed Brown was promoted to Director, Business Leadership and Management, responsible for Military Affairs Regional Sectors (West, Central and Eastern), responsible for developing strategies, action planning and processes for the purpose of identifying and anticipating future business opportunities.

Upon retiring from USAA, Ed Brown served as the Director, Military Affairs East Sector, responsible for the European regional office and NE, Great Lakes, Norfolk, VA, and Tampa, FL regional offices as assigned. He developed and supervised regional and national project management programs and personnel responsible for multi-faceted functions and tasking in business product development, application and implementation for all military services and components. Offices included all Military Affairs Eastern United States, Europe, West Point, Annapolis and the Coast Guard Academy.

Ed Brown currently serves as the ANG Strong Bonds Program Manager, ANG Chaplain Corps, Washington, DC responsible for the Resiliency Training Program to include family pre and post deployment reintegration and marriage enrichment programs. His previous corporate business experiences include Manager of Human Resources, L3-Army Fleet Support, Fort Rucker, Alabama and Fort Bliss, Texas and Criminal Justice Programs, Bluefield College, Bluefield, VA.

Ed and his wife Ann now reside in Big Canoe, and Washington, DC.


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 noon 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.


Event registration - Click meeting date below

10 Jun 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

John Misback - Army
Terry Nicholson - Army
William (Bill) Booth
- Navy
Lee Hulsey
- Air Force


  Current Events

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

Click below for information

Visit the website for more details:

II.    Lockheed Martin Marietta Plant
18 June

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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