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 Memorial Day Observance 10AM, 5/27 - Chapel
July 6th Terraces Concert - Donations for: Shepherd
   Center SHARE program
o Veterans Day Observance 11AM, 11/11 - Chapel
10th_Annual Banquet 6PM, 11/6 - Sconti 


Bulletin Board
As of 5/21/19 [*]

Dick Scharf's kidney surgery has been performed and Dick is recuperating at home.  Please remember to send him a get well card, and 
keep Dick and Sandy in your thoughts and prayers.



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


A writing contest for Pickens County's military personnel is in full swing. This contest is for those now serving or those who have served in the United States Armed Services. First prize is $100. The contest has three categories: Combat; Non-combat and a special category for the immediate families of service men and women.

May is National Military Appreciation Month. Members of the military seldom are revered as they should be. Whether it be peace time or a time of war, the service is a great interruption in people's lives. And it comes generally at the prime of life.

The deadline for entries has been extended till Friday, June 14 (Flag Day). It is simple to enter. Type 1500 words or less as your entry. The author's name should not show on the entry but should be placed on a cover sheet along with contact information. Submit it to the e-mail address: For those without computer access, entries may be dropped off at the office of the Pickens County Progress.




Monday 27, May 2019 - 10am
The Chapel & Broyles Center 
Big Canoe

Guest Speaker:Pete Mecca
Air Force Veteran & Author 

The 'Real Reason'
We Celebrate Memorial Day
and Why We Must Continue To Do So

Pete graduated from Memphis State University with a BA Degree in Political Science/Public Administration, with minors in Native American History/American Military History.

He served with Air Force Intelligence, including 2½ years in Vietnam.

His full-page award-winning narrative “A Veteran’s Story” is featured in Georgia newspapers. Pete lectures and works as a consultant for TV, radio, and patriotic events.

His book VETERANS: STORIES FROM AMERICA’S BEST was published in April, 2018, the first in a series of 10-12 books featuring interviews with 400+ veterans of all ranks, branches, and conflicts. A separate project, FIGHTS LIKE A GIRL, featuring female warriors past and present is near completion.

He has appeared on TV and radio, is an active keynote speaker, and serves as Commander of the prestigious Atlanta WWII Round Table. He is Secretary for the Atlanta Vietnam Veterans Business Association and is affiliated with 15 other military-oriented organizations.

His new website: has had 8,000+ hits in just a few months.

A member of the North GA Veterans and previous guest speaker, we are honored to have Pete Mecca serve as our Memorial Day Guest Speaker, and urge you, your family, and friends to attend the Memorial Day Commemoration Program. 

For North Georgia Veterans attending, the dress for the event is casual, unless you are part of the program, in which case you should wear your NGV uniform. All NGV members are encouraged to wear name badges and any NGV monogrammed apparel, like a shirt or hat.

Please plan to arrive NLT 09:45am, so the program may begin on time at 10am. 

The program will include the North Georgia Veterans Chorus, flag ceremony assisted by the Boy Scouts, and will conclude with the playing of “Taps".

Please mark your calendar now for this event.



June Luncheon

11:30am, 12 June 2019

"Once Upon A Spy"

Guest Speakers:

Jack Barsky, Former KGB Agent
Keith Mahoney, Former CIA Agent 

Watch for further information / details

Event registration - Click meeting date below

2019 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

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


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.

You are welcome to view the reservation list in Excel format.  There are two workbooks, one each for the two events.  Click here to download the file for viewing 2019_Trips.xls 

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 the event date approaches. 



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