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. 

July Membership Meeting

11:30am, 14 July 2021


Hamburgers and hot dogs, potato salad, baked beans

Price: $20 including tax and gratuity

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


“Operation Downfall”

Jeff Johnson

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. 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.

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. Using imagery, sound, video, and animation, “Downfall” brings to life little-known details about the atomic bombs dropped on Japan with a focus on the Nagasaki mission and covers the planned US invasion of the Japanese Home Islands, codenamed “Operation Downfall”. Jeff’s 20-minute presentation weaves the narratives of his friend, Bill Montgomery, a 95-year-old US Marine veteran and Iwo Jima survivor who was slated to invade Japan in November 1945 with the narrative of Jeff’s Japanese father-in-law who experienced the US strategic bombing campaign of Japan.

Please mark your calendar now to join us for this program.


Monday, 31 May 2021


Philip Spackman 1st Cavalry, 
11th Light Infantry Brigade, Americal Division

Notice:  Non-copywrite portions of the program are available for video viewing. Click this link to connect:


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


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

$135.00 discounted rate has been continued until further notice

Click here to download or view the instructions:

    NGV Military Tribute Banner Instructions 11.18.20.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

14 Jul 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


Important links / Resources to Remember:

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.



Working DRAFT (As of 05.06.2021)

North Georgia Veterans Savannah, GA Trip

19-22 October, 2021

Tuesday, 19 October

TBD Travel by privately owned vehicle (POV) to Homewood Suites Savannah Historic District/Riverfront, 611 East River Street, Savannah, GA, 31401, Telephone 912-355-0025

TBD Dinner as desired on your own

Wednesday, 20 October

0800 Depart Hotel by motor coach

0830 Arrive Hunter Army Airfield (HAAF)

Combat Aviation Brigade (CAB) Commander’s Welcome and Command Briefing

History of HAAF

Static Display of Aircraft

Meet with and Engage Soldiers

Engagement Skills Trainer – Small Arms Weapons Simulator

1130 Dining Facility Lunch ($5.85 ea.)

1300 Depart HAAF

1330 Arrive 8th Air Force Museum

1345 Tour Museum

1700 Return to Hotel

1830 Riverboat Dinner Cruise

2130 Return to Hotel

Thursday, 21 October

0830 Depart Hotel by motor coach

0900 Ft Pulaski Guided Tour and Weapons Demonstration

TBD Green-Meldrim House (Sherman’s HQ’s)

TBD Lunch at Mrs Wilkes Dinning Room [Updated]

TBD Step-on Tour of Savannah to include the Bonaventure Cemetery

1830 Dinner at the Pirate House

2030 Return to hotel

Friday, 22 October

0730 Depart Hotel by POV for Fort Stewart

0830 Arrive Fort Stewart

0900 Third Infantry Division Command welcome and briefing

1000 Static equipment display and interaction with soldiers

1100 Museum tour

1200 Depart Ft Stewart for Big Canoe by POV (lunch on your own)

Cost: $388 per person for bus, guided tours and meals assuming 25 participants

$164 per night double occupancy for lodging & breakfast (before taxes and fees)

$35 per night valet parking (self-parking not available)

Registration: Open to members & spouses until 20 July. Expanded to friends and extended family of members until 20 August. Here is the hotel reservation link to register:

Cancellation Provisions: Hotel 60 days prior without penalty Tour 30 days prior without penalty.


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