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 Program

Murder in Vietnam

Al Buckelew, a resident of Big Canoe and a member of our organization will be our guest speaker for the February luncheon meeting. Al served in the United States Army for 23 years in Ranger, Special Forces, and Special Operations. In 1969, he was transferred from Special Forces to Military Intelligence and served as battalion commander and later as the executive/operations officer of the 1st Military Intelligence Battalion, 525th Military Intelligence Group in Danang, Vietnam.On retirement in 1972, he returned to school and earned his masters and doctor of philosophy degrees and spent the following 43 years teaching graduate political science, intelligence, and terrorism courses. He retired from teaching in 2010.

Al's presentation will be on Murder In Vietnam. He will concentrate on the careers of two officers, Col. Robert B. Rheault. West Point graduate and commander of the 5th Special Forces Group, and CPT John McCarthy, the team chief of Project Cherry, an assassination team targeted against Prince Norodom Sihanouk, the head of state of Cambodia. Al was the team chief of Project Oak, a unilateral intelligence collection organization, the sister project of Cherry with a different mission.

North Georgia Veterans
First Day-Trip 0f 2015
25 April 2015

5th Ranger Training Battalion, Dahlonega Georgia

Arrangements are underway for a visit to Camp Merrill, home of the 5th Ranger Training Battalion.  Please reserve the date 25 April 2015 on your calendar now and stay tuned to this website and your e-mail inbox for further communication as particulars are developed.

The tentative plan calls for a morning departure from Big Canoe, via private passenger vehicles, visit to the camp, followed by lunch in Dahlonega, and return to Big Canoe.

You may early register if you wish and guests are welcomed.  Just select the event from the list located in the Event Registration section of our home page. Be careful to select the correct event since multiple entries may appear there.

A good turnout is expected since this particular choice received the most first choice day-trip votes in our Trip Survey last spring.


Event registration - Click meeting date below

11 Feb 2015 11:30 AM • Mountains Grill at Big Canoe Clubhouse
25 Apr 2015 7:30 AM • Camp Merrill Dahlonega, GA

2015 Lunch Menu -

1st quarter – Includes two soups and salad

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

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



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