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 Mark your Calendar - September 11th
The men's and women's golf associations are sponsoring a community dinner on September 11th, which is patriots day. It will be a whole evening event unlike the usual community dinners. The theme is red white and blue to honor our veterans and the people we lost on 9/11.
o Boy Scouts flag retirement / disposal ceremony October 20 @1700Hrs at the Scout
Hut area
o Veterans Day Observance 11AM, 11/11 - Chapel
10th Annual Banquet 6PM, 11/6 - Sconti 
o December 14th - Army/Navy Football game 3pm on the Veranda accompanied by a buffet of hot dogs, hamburgers, Etc. 


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Moreno Aguiari<> is working on the CAF Dixie Wing 2020 Living History Day program and is looking for pilots, living in the Atlanta area, who flew one of the "Century Series" airplane such as the North American F-100 Super Sabre, McDonnell F-101 Voodoo, Convair F-102 Delta Dagger, Lockheed F-104 Starfighter, Republic F-105 Thunderchief, Convair F-106 Delta Dart. If you know anyone please let him know. 

The program for October is about the F-4 Phantom. If you would like to recommend anyone who flew it please let him know.


                   Handicapped Vet Needs Help

We have a request from a family of a 30 year old paraplegic for help with finding and obtaining a handicapped equipped automobile.  Anyone with a contact or an idea of how we/who can address this need please email Rebecca Bliss

Video of June 2019 Luncheon  Clcik link below:

The Johns Creek Veterans Association Project

Click here to continue reading Johns_Creek_Project.pdf


Videos of Memorial Day Observance 27 May 2019

Introductory video:




Pete Mecca: Proud to be a participant, but the other lectures will be awesome.

Thomas Kimmel is the grandson of Admiral Husband Kimmel, our fleet Commander at Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941. Tom retired from the Navy and the FBI. A great speaker.

Hilbert Margol is a WWII combat veteran and active member of my Atlanta WWII Round Table. He participated in the liberation of Dachau concentration camp and fought all the way across Europe.

Zellie Orr is THE PERSON in Atlanta when it comes to the history and promotion of the Tuskegee Airmen. A great speaker and historian.

Click here for more information: HistorySpeaks2019.pdf



September Luncheon

11:30am, 11 September 2019

"Marine Forward Artillery Observer"

Franklin Cox

       First Day

Franklin Cox was raised in Atlanta and graduated from the Marist School. He received his undergraduate degree in English Literature (Cum Laude) from Saint Bernard College in 1963 and attended Emory University Law School. 

He then gained a commission in the U. S. Marine Corps and served as an Artillery Forward Observer in Vietnam. His dramatic experiences in combat led him to write "Lullabies for Lieutenants: Memoir of a Marine Forward Observer in Vietnam, 1965-1966," (McFarland and Co.). The book was awarded the 2011 Silver Medal for Non-Fiction Memoir by the Military Writers Society of America. 

His second book - "Marist Football: Inside the War Eagle Tradition" - was released September 25, 2012, by The History Press. 

After his service in the Marine Corps he joined Wall Street and was a successful stockbroker for over twenty-five years. He was a Senior Managing Director for Bear Stearns and Lehman Brothers.

A few years ago he left the securities industry to devote most of his time to writing.

He and his son, Franklin Vincent Cox III, own Pecan Productions Studios, Inc, a multimedia company in Atlanta. His daughter Carolina Cox Medlin lives in Destin, Florida with her son Carver, and daughter Eloise. 

He was named a Finalist in the 2010, 2011, and 2012 Pirates Alley Faulkner Society Literary Competition. 

Franklin was a contributing author at the Union League Club of New York Book Fair December 3, 2010.

His screenplay "Lullabies for Lieutenants", adapted from his award-winning book, was awarded the Grand Prize for the 2014 Story Pros Awards Screenwriting Contest. There were 970 entries. It was also awarded First Place (Action/Adventure) in the 2015 Creative World International Screenplay Competition.

Rebel Seed Films & Entertainment signed a Producer Agreement with Franklin Cox to secure his screenplay, "Lullabies for Lieutenants." The project, based on Mr. Cox's award-winning memoir of his duty as a Marine Forward Observer in Vietnam, is planned for a high-end studio production.

Franklin is currently finishing two books in progress. 

Event registration - Click meeting date below

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

2019 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:

Pete Mecca's Website:

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 Information for Veterans -
Presumptive Conditions Table.pdf
8 May 2019 Meeting - Benefits Video

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
Dan Zachman - Air Force
James Dyer - Marine Corps
Alexandra Finan - Air Force
William Johnston - Army
Bradley Burgess - Navy

Steve Austin - Army
Erv Dykstra - Army
Michael Garvey - Army
Ray Roth - Army, Navy, Airforce
Eugene Justice - Army
Hank Jenkins - Army

William Flanagan - Air Force
Robert Isham - Army
Lisa Hughes - Navy
Steve Curry - Army
Laurence Mellgren - Army
Doug Barr - 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.


            Registration Deadline is Noon 8/15/19

North Georgia Veterans

2019 Field Trip

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 event survey.

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 soon as possible. 



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