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. 

October Membership Meeting

     11:30am, 13 October 2021

Registration is required for attendance


Beef tip tenderloin over noodles
Garden Salad w/lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, cheese and croutons (balsamic and ranch)

Sweet & Unsweet Tea + Water

Price: $20 including tax and gratuity

Please bring exact amount with you if paying with cash. No Checks 

    “Fights Like a Girl

          Pete Mecca

In Fights Like a Girl, veteran Pete Mecca compiles the personal stories of female warriors of all branches, ranks, and wars through a series of compelling interviews and stories from across time. 

Pete is a graduate of Memphis State University with a BA Degree in Political Science and Public Administration. His minors include Native American History and American Military History.

He served with Air Force Intelligence for 4 years, plotted missions and flew on B-52 bombers out of McCoy AFB in Orlando, then volunteered for a 2½ year stint in Vietnam.

His award-winning narrative “A Veteran’s Story” is featured in several Georgia newspapers. He has served as a consultant for PBA-30 Atlanta and several other venues, including George Walton Academy, General Ray Davis Middle School, and Emory University at Oxford.

His first book in a series of 10-12 books, VETERANS: STORIES FROM AMERICA’S BEST, hit the market in early April and is doing well.

Pete has been featured in Georgia Magazine, appeared on Channel 69 and AM-1160, was Keynote speaker for Wreathes across America, 12thArmored Division Annual Banquet, and many other organizations. Pete is Lieutenant Colonel Aide-de-Camp to Governor Nathan Deal and earlier this year was presented with a letter of appreciation from the Georgia Department of Veterans Service. He is also Commander of the prestigious Atlanta World War II Round Table plus serves as their Program Director. Pete also serves as secretary for the respected Atlanta Vietnam Veterans Business Association.

His other memberships include: Golden Age Warriors, American Legion, the Georgia Vietnam Veterans Alliance; VFW, and served on the board of directors for Honor Flight Conyers for several years, including many trips to Washington, DC with WWII veterans as a guardian or mission assistant.

Pete coordinates 3 monthly veteran brunches, conducts lectures, panel discussions and symposiums, and has thus far interviewed over 400 veterans from all branches, all ranks, and all wars. His new website: contains dozens of his stories and has experienced over 7,000 hits in just a few months.

Pete has been our guest speaker several times and always is a crowd pleaser. Please plan on attending this luncheon to learn more about Pete's latest first-person recollections of modern veterans, Pete details a rich history of female fighters of the past, from pirates to samurai, generalissimos, ancient mariners, and sailors donning in male uniforms. Fights Like a Girl is an ode to women of all races, creeds, and colors who have taken up the sword to protect their countries, their honor, and their children.  This might be a good time to invite your spouse to join us. 

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.


Important 2021 Dates

o May 31 - Memorial Day 2021

July 4 - Independence Day 2021

o November 11 - Veterans Day 2021

o November 10 - 11th Annual Banquet


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Military Tribute Banner Program 

Military Tribute Banner Ordering Instructions


$150.00 per regular sponsorship

$135.00 discounted rate expires August 31, 2021. Orders submitted Sept 1, 2021 and thereafter will require regular payment of $150.00. 

Click here to download or view the instructions:

    NGV Military Tribute Banner Instructions 07.23.21.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.


             Piedmont Urgent Care by WellStreet

Atlanta, Ga. (Sept. 24, 2019) – Piedmont Urgent Care by WellStreet, one of Georgia’s largest urgent care networks, is now a contracted network provider with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health plans. Veterans enrolled in the VA health care system can visit a participating civilian urgent care provider and receive non-emergency care without pre-authorization.

Click here / below for additional details:  Piedmont_Urgent_Care_WellStreet.doc


                    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.


Event registration - Click meeting date below

13 Oct 2021 11:30 AM • Sconti Clubhouse - Mtns Grill

2021 Lunch Menu

Please scroll down for luncheon status 

2021 New Members

James Brown - Marine Corps 
Terry Sehr - Marine Corps 
Craig Tyndall - Army
Robert Duncan - Air Force 
Hal Gosnell - Marine Corps 
Tony Rogers - Army 
Richard Weiskittel - Army 
Rusty Schaefer - Marine Corps
Don Byerly - Army
David Brown - Army 
JD Cleminshaw - Navy 
Brian Atchison - Navy 
Tracy Atchison - Navy
Elton Gogolin - Army 
Tom Mallini - Air Force 
Michael Trinkle - Air Force 
David English - Air Force 
Michael Nazary - Air Force 
Jim Brownlowe - Marine Corps

Kevin Thiem - Air Force 


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.


Savannah Trip Postponement

At the 08/19 monthly Board meeting it was decided to indefinitely postpone the Savannah trip. The city of Savannah and the military facilities we plan to visit are under some recently enacted rules that will make our visit more cumbersome and less enjoyable than originally expected. Click here for more information.  In addition. we don't foresee any relaxation of these rules in the immediate future including our trip dates [10/19 - 10/22]. 

Furthermore, our penalty free cancellation date is upon us and we do not want to defer a decision that if required later would place our registered guests in a penalty condition.

We are obviously disappointed and although we find this decision difficult to make, we feel it is the best route to take under these troublesome times. 

We are contacting the tour operator to cancel the touring portions of the visit and asking him to contact the hotel requesting a bulk cancellation of rooms booked under the discounted group code assigned to us. The tour operator made the original hotel arrangements, so he should be in a good position to handle this for us.  This approach should relieve our registered guest of the necessity to individually contact the hotel. 

We will be in touch if any further action on your behalf is necessary.  We will be anxiously looking toward a future date when we can revisit this trip and keep you all posted accordingly. Your questions and comments are always welcome. 


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