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.


July Luncheon
11 July 2018

"Sentimental Journey through France"

Dr. Wilbur Mattison

Dr. Wilbur Mattison was born in Anderson, S.C. in 1922. After high school graduation, he enrolled at The Citadel in Charleston, S.C. and graduated in 1943. Because of World War II, his class was not able to attend the R.O.T.C. summer camp training program and, upon graduation, he and his fellow classmates attended The Officer's Candidate School in Fort Benning, Georgia. He was commissioned a 2nd Lt. in the Infantry and was assigned to the 103 rd Infantry Division that served in the 7th Army in France in World War Il. 

Ultimately, as a 1st Lt. he commanded a Rifle Company in the 410th Infantry Regiment. In January 1945, he was wounded in battle. An extensive period in an Army hospital was necessary, and during this time, he elected to pursue a career in medicine. He enrolled in The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and, after graduation and a period of post- graduate training, he moved to Menlo Park, California, where he joined the Department of Internal Medicine at The Menlo Medical Clinic. Also, he served on the Clinical Faculty of The Stanford University School of Medicine. 

Wilbur retired in 1988. In 2014, he and his daughter, Mrs. Patricia O'Dell, moved to Ellijay, Georgia, where he now resides.

Please mark your calendar now.


Pensacola Trip Advisement
16 - 18 October 2018

Our Program and Events chairman, Mike Ehrlich has secured a block of ten rooms - the maximum allowable by the lodge for our group.  These rooms will be allocated to the first ten who responded to the survey.  If you are among the first ten, you should contact the lodge using the booking information / procedure below to secure your reservation.  The ten rooms each have two queen-sized beds and a kitchenette. So please let us know if there will be any any room sharing among those making the trip without a spouse.  

The remainder of travelers will be placed on a waiting list and advised if anyone of the first ten decide not to attend.  These wait-listed travelers can make alternative lodging arrangements on their own or contact one of the two hotels listed below.  We do not have a group arrangement with these hotels:

Holiday Inn Express - 

Hampton Inn & Suites -

If you choose a hotel not listed make sure it is close to the base since our tour on Wednesday morning [17 Oct] begins promptly at 9am.

Navy Lodge Booking information / procedure

Our group is in their system under “NGVETS”. The group can also be referenced with the Group Account Number 61170122152. Please call the Navy Lodge Pensacola directly at 850-456-8676, Choose option 0 to add your name and credit card information to a room. Any rooms that are not reserved with a credit card by your cutoff date 09/1/18, will be offered to anyone on the waiting list in the order shown. Rooms unreserved by the hotel cutoff date of 09/16/18 will be returned to regular inventory.

As a service to the waiting list, we will keep in touch with the Navy Lodge to monitor room availability as the 9/1/18 cutoff date approaches, and advise accordingly. 

Other event arrangements as outlined in the first announcement are pending completion and will be communicated to you as information becomes available. 

Please let Paul Goldstein know if you want to attend this trip.

Event registration - Click meeting date below

11 Jul 2018 11:30 AM • Mountains Grill at Big Canoe Clubhouse

2018 Lunch Menu

3rd quarter – Includes salad only, no soups

July – Hamburgers and hot dogs, potato salad, baked beans
August – Barbeque, cold slaw, and Brunswick stew
September – Country style ribs, pasta salad and baked beans

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


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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