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.

North Georgia Veterans 
9th Annual Banquet
7 November 2018

In order provide the clubhouse with a meal count, registration for our NGV Annual Dinner will close at 3pm, November 2nd 

If you plan on attending you need to register promptly!

Again this year we will offer three choices for your entree'; Chicken Cordon Bleu $29.70, Prime Rib $40.70 and Salmon Filet $38.50. All entrees served with salad with dressings, rolls and butter, red skin mashed potatoes, and green beans, cake dessert, coffee & iced tea. Prices are inclusive of all taxes and service charges.

Cash bar available.  Two bars will be set up.  All alcoholic beverages will be paid for with cash or a lot charge.  They are not included in the price.  

This event is limited to members only and their guests.  
Dress for this event is our NGV uniform, so if you've not yet ordered your service tie you'll want to order it today.  The NGV uniform is described under the uniform components tab on the NGV website.  It will also explain how to order your service tie and miniature medals, if you choose to wear them along with proper placement on your uniform.

Brigadier General Diana M. Holland
Commander, South Atlantic Division

Brigadier General Diana M. Holland became commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, South Atlantic Division on July 18, 2017. The South Atlantic Division is one of eight U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ regions providing engineering and construction services to the Nation. It is the regional business center in the southeast, the Caribbean, and Central and South America, with district offices in Wilmington, North Carolina; Charleston, South Carolina; Savannah, Georgia; Jacksonville, Florida; and Mobile, Alabama. BG Holland led the South Atlantic Division’s response to Hurricanes Irma and Maria in Puerto Rico.

Brigadier General Holland graduated from the United States Military Academy and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the Corps of Engineers in 1990.

Her military service began in Germany where she served as a vertical construction platoon leader in the 79th Engineer Combat Battalion (Heavy), and as a company executive officer and battalion assistant operations officer in the 94th Engineer Combat Battalion (Heavy). Upon returning to the United States, BG Holland was assigned to the 30th Engineer Battalion (Topographic), 20th Engineer Brigade, at Fort Bragg, North Carolina and served as the battalion logistics officer and then as the commander of Headquarters and Headquarters Company.

Following company command, BG Holland earned a Master of Arts degree at Duke University en route to a teaching assignment at the United States Military Academy. She then attended the Army Command and General Staff College and the School of Advanced Military Studies (SAMS) where she earned a Master of Military Arts and Sciences degree.

She was assigned to the 3rd Infantry Division in July 2004, and deployed to Operation Iraqi Freedom 3 serving as a division plans officer and then as the operations officer in the 92nd Engineer Combat Battalion (Heavy). Upon return from Iraq, BG Holland served as a plans officer in the Operations Directorate, United States Central Command at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida.

Brigadier General Holland commanded the 92nd Engineer Battalion (Black Diamonds) from July 2008 to June 2011. She deployed with Task Force Diamond to eastern Afghanistan from May 2010 to April 2011. After relinquishing command, BG Holland was a United States Army War College Fellow at Georgetown University.

In 2012, BG Holland assumed command of the 130th Engineer Brigade at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. The following year, she deployed with the Brigade Headquarters to Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan where the unit served as the Theater Engineer Brigade, Joint Task Force Sapper. The Brigade redeployed to Schofield Barracks in June 2014 and Brigadier General Holland relinquished command in July. During 2015, BG Holland served as executive officer to the Director of the Army Staff at the Pentagon and then Deputy Commanding General for Support, 10th Mountain Division (LI) at Fort Drum, New York, and deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel. From January 2016 to July 2017, she was assigned as the Commandant of Cadets at the United States Military Academy, West Point.

Brigadier General Holland’s awards and decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit (w/ OLC), Bronze Star (w/2 OLC), the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal (w/4 OLC), the Combat Action Badge, the Senior Parachutist Badge, the German Parachutist Badge and the Silver Order of the de
Fleury Medal. 

Our banquet will also be attended by General Holland's Aide de Camp, 1LT Joshua Gonzalez, COL Joshua Wright, the Professor of Military Science at the University of North Georgia his SGM and their spouses, plus the cadet color guard, who will formally post and retrieve the colors at our banquet.

Please plan to attend to welcome this outstanding guest speaker and these outstanding soldiers and cadets from the University of North Georgia.

Event registration - Click meeting date below

07 Nov 2018 6:00 PM • Mountains Grill at Big Canoe Clubhouse

2018 Lunch Menu

4th quarter – Soups and salad for October only

October – Beef tip tenderloin over noodles
November (evening meal) – TBD
December – TBD  (Army/Navy game) –deli sandwhich, meat balls, pasta salad and chips

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 National Cemetary - Canton, GA -

Veteran EOL Benefit
End of Life.pdf

Order form for NGV name badge -
Name Badge Order Form UPDATE 2018.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.

2018 New Members

Adam Cabrera - Army
Greg Morris - Navy
Jack Brown - Army
Brian Robertson - Navy
Richard Mullan - Army
Doug Hanley - Marine Corps
Brian Gracey - Navy
Bob Baker - Army
Bruce Crawforf - Navy
Ernest Smallman - Army
David Sharp - Army
Samuel "Sam" Pullara - Army
Ed Nudd - Navy
Keith Waldrop - Navy
Michael Pilvinsky - Army
Louis Thompson - Army
Fred Pirkey - Air Force
Stuart Cohen - Army 
Peter Jones - 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.



North Georgia Veterans Celebrate Veterans Day

11am - Monday, 12 November 2018 

Big Canoe Chapel  

Assisted by the Big Canoe Cub Scout Pack, the North Georgia Veterans (NGV) will present a program Veterans Day, Monday November 12th, 11 a.m., at the Chapel. There will be a service medley sung by the NGV chorus and a speech honoring all veterans by Major General Joe Jarrard, 42nd Adjutant General of the Georgia Department of Defense

Major General Joe Jarrard graduated from North Georgia College and was commissioned a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army in 1988. He served on Active Duty for over 20 years.

Appointed by the Governor of the State of Georgia in 2014, Major General Jarrard serves as the 42nd Adjutant General of the Georgia Department of Defense. Previously, he served for more than three years as the Assistant Adjutant General - Army and Commanding General of the Georgia Army National Guard.

Under his leadership, the Georgia Army National Guard was selected by U.S. Army Forces Command to lead the way in implementing the Army's Associated Unit Program - the only state organization to have both division and battalion level associations with the Active Army component. This is a 5-year pilot program in which Georgia's 48th Infantry Brigade Combat Team is directly aligned with the 3rd Infantry Division.

Furthering international theater security cooperation initiatives, the Georgia National Guard was selected by the National Guard Bureau for a second partner country (Argentina) for the U.S. State Partnership Program. This is in addition to the Georgia National Guard's 24-year partnership with the Country of Georgia.

Locally, the Georgia Department of Defense has recently opened its third Youth Challenge Academy (Milledgeville), making Georgia one of only three states with three academies. Georgia was also selected to establish one of only three Cyber Protection Teams in the National Guard, placing Georgia in the forefront of cyber defense.

While on active duty, Major General Jarrard served at numerous duty stations to include Germany; Fort Stewart, GA; Fort Riley, KS; and Fort Bragg, NC. His operational deployments were to Iraq in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM in 2003 and 2005. He also worked as a Defense Contractor in Afghanistan from April 2010 to September 2011.

Major General Jarrard’s awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star w/OLC, Meritorious Service Medal w/OLC, Senior Parachutist Badge, and Ranger Tab.

He and his wife, Susan, have three sons, Ben, Will and Joseph.

Music will be provided by our own NGV Choral Group. 

Uniform of the day is casual, unless you are part of the program in which case you should wear your NGV uniform.

Please plan to arrive no later than 1045 hours, so we can begin on time.  No need for any registration, just come.

Invite your friends and neighbors to help acknowledge those who have and continue to serve our Country.



Powered by Wild Apricot Membership Software