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 [January - October] in the Mountains Grill at the Big Canoe Clubhouse.   Our meetings start at 11:30am and usually end by 1:30pm.  Cost is $20 [all inclusive] per person and includes a great buffet lunch.  Dress is informal for our monthly meetings. Please wear your NGV name badge. 

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.

Our Mission Statement

A. Provide an opportunity for fellowship with and service to military veterans living in       the North Georgia area.

B. Preserve and promote the traditions and history of the United States Armed Forces.

C. Conduct charitable and community service as determined by the officers and                  leadership of NGV. 


Important 2022 Dates

o May 30 - Memorial Day 2022

July 4 - Independence Day 2022

o November 11 - Veterans Day 2022

o November 16 - 12th Annual Banquet


Please Scroll Down for Event & Meeting Information 


Bulletin Board

New Entries



Military Tribute Banner Program 

Military Tribute Banner Ordering Instructions


$150.00 per regular sponsorship

Click here to download or view the instructions:

 NGV Military Tribute Banner Instructions 03.12.22 Rev1.pdf

Please click here to view or download the PowerPoint presentation concerning the updated / revised program.  You can trigger viewing from the downloaded copy provided if necessary.
POA Military Banners Presentation 04.16.20 Rev2.pptx 

Click here to view Tribute Banner Promotional Video:
MTB Promotional Video


The link below is a Virtual Wall of all those lost during the Vietnam war with the names, bio's and other information of our lost heroes.



                    VA Office Has Moved

Many vets may not be aware that the Vets office has moved from the old courthouse in Canton to a new location:

220 Brown Industrial Pkwy
Suite 150
Canton, GA  30115 

That is the street that leads to the library at Exit 19. Turn west off I-575 onto GA Hwy 20 toward downtown Canton and Brown Industrial Pkwy is the first traffic light after the interchange.  220 is the same building as the Drivers License building.  Suite 150 is on the front of the building.


July Membership   Meeting


13 July 2022

“Operation Downfall
Part 1"

Jeff Johnson

Hamburgers and hot dogs, potato salad, baked beans Sweet & Unsweet Tea + Water

Price: $20 including tax and gratuity Please bring exact amount with you if paying with cash. No Checks

Jeffery Johnson is a veteran of the United States Navy, having served on US military bases in Japan in the enlisted ranks as a Cryptologic Technician during the final years of the Cold War. He resides in Buford, GA with his wife Mayumi, from Nagasaki, Japan, and is currently employed by Cox Enterprises where he has served on the leadership of Cox’s military veteran employees resource group.

In his free time, Jeff serves as Aide de Camp to the commander of the Atlanta World War II Roundtable and Vice President of the Georgia Chapter of the Eighth Air Force Historical Society. He is a member of the Commemorative Air Force’s Airbase Georgia where his project management and video production skills are put to work on warbird restoration projects and the annual World War II Heritage Days event in Peachtree City. Jeff has served as technical advisor for National Geographic Channel’s World War II television programing and he serves as a videographer for the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force in Pooler, GA. where he also serves on the museum’s committee for its annual “Flags for the Fallen” Memorial Day event.

An expert on the planned 1945 US invasion of the Japanese Home Islands, Jeff gives talks to history and veterans groups on the subject with his “Downfall” presentation. Last July Jeff used imagery, sound, video, and animation, to bring Part 2 of “Downfall” to life for us.  He shared little-known details about the atomic bombs dropped on Japan with a focus on the Nagasaki mission and covered the planned US invasion of the Japanese Home Islands, codenamed “Operation Downfall”.

His program was a huge hit and prompted us to inquire if he would return to present “Downfall” Part 1 at a future date. Jeff has agreed to return to this luncheon meeting. Jeff developed Part I because he has found that many Americans are familiar with the rise of Adolf Hitler and the Third Reich in Europe, but are generally unfamiliar with the rise of America’s World War II Pacific enemy. Part 1 covers root causes and events, some that occurred hundreds of years ago and are seldom taught in the US, that led Japan to militarism and culminated with the attack on Pearl Harbor and the Pacific War. In case you need a refresher on Part 2, you can link to an article in the August 2021 Smoke Signals authored by Wayne Tidwell. 

Here is the link to Wayne's article:

Please mark your calendar for attendance planning. Or better yet, click the meeting date in the Event Registration block at the top of this page.

We will have the 50/50 raffle drawing at the conclusion of the meeting. Tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5. Half to the winning ticket holder, half to the association treasury.

Please note if you are coming from outside the gates of Big Canoe, please email us with your name and phone number.  You will need a gate pass to enter the community.

Communications Director, 
North GA Vets 

Event registration - Click meeting date below

13 Jul 2022 11:30 AM • Sconti Clubhouse - Mtns Grill

2022 Lunch Menu

Please scroll down for luncheon status 

2022 New Members

Jana Andringa - Navy
John Silverman - Air Force
Rocco Scalone - Coast Guard 
Anne Marie Lundquist - Navy
Tom Adams - Army
Derek Meyer - Air Force
John Walker - Air Force 
Jack Martin - Army 
Stephen Muecke - Air Force 
Raymond McFarlane - Army  
Rolf Soderberg - Air Force
Mike Sharpe - Army 



Important links / Resources to Remember:

NGV Guidelines: 
Saluting Protocols: Saluting_Protocols.pdf
Wearing Miniature Medals: Wearing_Miniature_Medals.pdf 
DoD Quick Guide

The Virtual Wall ®
Vietnam Veterans Memorial

#VetResources - for Veterans, their Families, Caregivers, and Survivors  Sign up for this weekly newsletter at:
View VetResouces website:

Georgia Seniors Care Resources For Veterans

VA Office Location [new]:

220 Brown Industrial Pkwy
Suite 150
Canton, GA  30115 

Pete Mecca's Website / Weekly Radio Show

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]

A Veterans Health Guide  Details on issues like:
Hearing loss, PTSD, & VA Benefits

To order a replacement DD-214

Apply for VA health benefits online -

Georgia National Cemetery - Canton, GA -

Veteran EOL Benefit
End of Life.pdf

Order form for NGV name badge -
Name Badge Order Form UPDATE 2021.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

Consumers Advocate - a comprehensive guide on home equity:

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.


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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