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.


March Luncheon
14 March 2018

The Challenges of a “Part-Time” Soldier in a Post Cold War Era


By: Bob Abrams,
Captain USA Retired

Post cold war military service has presented many opportunities and challenges. As a veteran of over 24 years in the Army Reserve and National Guard, operational tempo has called upon citizen-soldiers at rate that equals those in the active components. It is those experiences in Iraq, Afghanistan and contingency operations around the world that create uniquely qualified citizens when they return home. These experiences are chronicled in CPT Abrams life of balancing family, civilian career and military career while answering the call over a 24 -year span.

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Bob Abrams was born in Rome, Georgia in 1972. He enlisted in the United States Army Reserve in January 1992 and retired in 2016. He attended basic training at Fort Sill, Oklahoma and Advanced Individual Training at Fort Gordon, Georgia.

CPT Abrams’ military education includes: Radio Repair Course (29E), Broadcast Engineer Course (25R), Primary Leadership Development Course, Basic Noncommissioned Officer Course, Officer Candidate School, Ordnance Officer Basic Course, and Ordnance Officer Captains Career Course. His civilian education includes a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of North Alabama and a Bachelor of Arts in International Affairs from Kennesaw State University.

CPT Abrams’ assignments include: Radio Repairer, 1015th Maintenance Company, Fort Gillem, Georgia; Broadcast Engineer, 209th Broadcast Public Affairs Detachment, Rome, Georgia; Officer Candidate School, 2nd BN, 200th Regiment, Fort McClellan, Alabama; Platoon Leader, 277th Maintenance Company, Kennesaw, Georgia; Executive Officer, 277th Maintenance Company, Kennesaw, Georgia; Company Commander, 1214th Forward Support Company, Washington, Georgia; Material Management Officer, 110th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, Tifton, Georgia; S-4, 1-214th Field Artillery Battalion, Elberton, Georgia; Observer/Coach Trainer, 3rd Battalion, 345th Regiment, Fort Gillem, Georgia.

CPT Abrams’ awards and decorations include: Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal (2), Army Achievement Medal (4), Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal (5), National Defense Service Medal (2), Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Armed Forces Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal (Silver Hour Glass, M device, numeral 3) , Army Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon (2), Army Service Ribbon, Army Overseas Ribbon (3), NATO Medal (2), Meritorious Unit Citation, Army Superior Unit Award.

He has served in Bosnia, Iraq and Afghanistan as well as support for Hurricane Katrina and various civil disaster response teams.

CPT Abrams is married to the former Heather M. Crain of Canton, Georgia. They have two children: Alexis Abrams and Preston Abrams.

CPT Abrams is currently the Managing Director of Estimating and Project Management at Mitchell Metals LLC in Smyrna, GA. 


Please mark your calendar now.  


Reservations close at 3pm, 9 March 2018.




Event registration - Click meeting date below


2018 Lunch Menu

1st quarter – Includes two soups and salad

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


Important links to Remember

Big Canoe Wellness Collaborative Assistance - http://www.bcwell.org/?page_id=2   Phone 706-268-3441 [Fitness Center]

To order a replacement DD-214 - http://www.archives.gov/veterans/military-service-records/

Apply for VA health benefits online - https://www.1010ez.med.va.gov/sec/vha/1010ez/

Georgia National Cemetary - Canton, GA - http://www.cem.va.gov/cems/nchp/georgia.asp

Veteran EOL Benefit
End of Life.pdf

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 - http://www.veteranaid.org/program.php

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

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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: mailto:Paul.F.Goldstein@gmail.com

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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