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 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


Pickens County Veterans Memorial Park 
Fund Raising Request 



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.


September Luncheon


Fried Chicken, Garden Salad, 

Mashed Potatoes & String Beans 
Rolls & Butter  
Ice Tea & Water

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

September Membership Meeting

11:30am, 14 September 2022


UNG Corps of Cadets: Building Leaders

COL Joe Matthews, Commandant of Cadets,

Boars Head Brigade


LTC James Corbin, Director of Development for the Corps of Cadets

Topics will include the cadet experience, Army Office Commissioning Track,  National Service Leadership Track, as well as the future of military facilities at UNG.

Colonel Joseph G. Matthews currently serves as the 43rd Commandant of Cadets for the University of North Georgia, the Senior Military College of Georgia. He retired from the United States Army after 27 years of service as an enlisted Infantry Soldier, Air Defense Artillery Officer, and Military Intelligence Officer. He served at the tactical, operational, and strategic levels, in a variety of command, staff, and joint positions, supporting infantry and special operations units in combat.

His awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Defense Meritorious Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Meritorious Service Medal with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters, Air Medal 2nd Award, Joint Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters, Air Force Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters, Joint Meritorious Unit Award with Oak Leaf Cluster, Meritorious Unit Citation, Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with Valor Device, Combat Action Badge, Army Parachutist’s Badge, Army Aviation Crewmember’s Badge, and Office of the Secretary of Defense Identification Badge. 

Colonel Matthews education includes: Master of Strategic Studies, Army War College, 
Master of Military Operational Art and Science, Air Force Command and Staff College, 
Bachelor of Arts, History, North Georgia College

LTC James Corbin and his wife Chassie Wade

LTC James Corbin, an alumnus of UNG’s PSIA Department, began his new role as Director of Development for the Corps of Cadets, starting September 1, 2020. Corbin graduated from UNG with a B.A. in Political Science and a minor in Leadership. After he graduated, he immediately went into active duty, where he was deployed three times in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom as a platoon leader, S4, and Company Commander.

In 2013, Corbin transitioned into the National Guard, where he currently serves in the G3. The G3 focuses on how you train, mobilize, equip and provide forces for all of the various operations needed all over the state and all over the world. He was recently called upon in support of the state’s COVID response and once again to protect the protesters and property of civilians during this uncertain time. Corbin notes that National Guard Soldiers have dual status that allows them to called up for domestic response but also overseas in a federal role to places like Afghanistan, Iraq, all over the world. Corbin has also been sent to The Kingdom of Jordan and the Republic of Georgia during his time in the National Guard.

The Director of Development is the chief fundraising person for the Corps of Cadets. His job is to look for people who will participate “to contribute time, treasure, testimony and talent. The Corps is a special part of what makes North Georgia unique; it creates military leaders, government leaders and business leaders every day.”

LTC Corbin holds an M.S. in Global and International Education from Drexel University, a B.A. in Political Science from UNG, and is a graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College.

Please mark your calendar for attendance planning. Or better yet, click the link to our website below and get registered right now.

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 contact Paul Goldstein with your name and phone number.  You will need a gate pass to enter the community. 

Event registration - Click meeting date below

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 
Howard Stephens - Air Force
Jim Harvard - Air Force
Don Malcomb - Air Force 



  Important links / Resources to Remember:

VA Clinic - Jasper, GA - Point of Contact:


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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