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 4/20/19 [*]

Dick Scharf's kidney surgery has been rescheduled for 5/24. 
Please keep Dick and Sandy in your thoughts and prayers and check here periodically for updates.


Mike Martin has contacted us to advise that Mike Fibich a WWII marine died recently and a memorial service will be held Sunday, May 5, @ 1:39 PM in the Chapel at Lake Lanier Village, 4000 Village View Dr., Gainesville, GA 30506. 
Fibich was a non-participating member of the North Georgia Vets.


VA MISSION Act, Exclusive Access to, and Borne the Battle. Click here to download information  VA_MIssion_Act_Info_April-2019.pdf


Already re-posted on Pete Mecca's website, the story of Jimmy Doolittle's copilot, Bob Cole, on the famous Doolittle Raid on Tokyo in WWII, was also featured in the papers this weekend. Click here to download  information  Last_Raider_Gone_April-2019.pdf



By-Laws Note

In accordance with our by-laws the proposed updated by-laws you were notified of after the March 2019, meeting and were posted here for your inspection and review were approved by a unanimous vote of members attending the April 10, 2019 luncheon meeting.  

The updated by-laws are available via the home page under the member roster menu heading above. 


Reservations Commence on 24 April 

May Luncheon

11:30am, 8 May 2019

Veteran's Benefits

Guest Speaker: Karen McIntyre

Karen B. McIntyre, R.N., VA Accredited Agent is President and co-founder of Veterans Information Services, Inc. (VIS) and co-creator of VisPro®, a computer software program designed to assist attorneys and agents in filing VA and DoD claims. She is also founder of Veterans Nursing Consultants and co-founder of Veterans Advocate Group of America, (VAGA).

For more than fifteen years she has traveled the country educating professionals and families about the complicated VA process. Her expertise regarding the VA pension process has been recognized by many states’ American Legion offices, Veteran Service offices, state bars, and professional organizations throughout the country.

She currently manages a list-serve which averages 435 professional members, answering their VA related questions daily and conducts in-depth webinars and CLE programs for professionals throughout the country. In addition, she publishes a monthly electronic newsletter, Veterans Family Matters - VAGA News.

Karen will be presenting on benefits that might be available to veterans and as retired military. This includes a brief summary of:

o Service connected disability compensation
o Dependency indemnity compensation for surviving              spouses
o Non-service connected pension benefits, which is a            financial needs based benefit
o Burial benefits
o DoD benefits for retired combat veterans

Members are encouraged to bring their spouse to this very informative presentation. 

Please update your calendar right now for this interesting program. 





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

Event registration - Click meeting date below

08 May 2019 11:30 AM • Mountains Grill at Big Canoe Clubhouse

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 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 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


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 Trips

Sunday, 28 April – Take a Univ of N GA (UNG) Cadet to lunch and Military Awards Parade

1130 Gather at the Smith House Restaurant in Dahlonega in the           Carriage Room to meet Cadets and have lunch.

1230 Briefing on their Army ROTC Program

1330 Travel to parade ground in preparation for parade

1400 Military Awards Parade

Cost: $19 per person for lunch plus tax and tips (Total of $24.12            per person)

Attire: North GA Vets Blue Blazer with service tie and name tag               (no medals) 

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 4/28 UNG 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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