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. 

Monday, 31 May 2021


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

Philip L. Spackman enlisted in the U.S. Army at 18 years of age on 2 February, 1967. He completed Basic Training at Ft. Benning, GA;  Advanced Training in Cavalry and Reconnaissance at Ft. Knox, KY; and Armor Officer Candidate School at Ft. Knox, where at age 19 he was commissioned Second Lieutenant on 15 December, 1967. Second Lt. Spackman's stateside duty station was at Ft. Rucker, Alabama, followed by his completion of Airborne School at Ft. Benning, GA.

He was deployed to Vietnam in October 1968. Upon arrival in Southeast Asia, he was assigned as an Armored Cavalry Assault Platoon Leader in E Troop, 1st Cavalry, 11th Light Infantry Brigade, Americal Division.  Lt. Spackman served in this position for 11 1/2 months, during which time he was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross, 3 Silver Stars, 4 Bronze Stars for Valor, two Purple Hearts, the Army Commendation Medal for Meritorious Service, and the Combat Infantryman's Badge (CIB).

First Lieutenant Spackman is a lifetime member of the Military Order of the Purple Heart. In 2016, he was inducted into the Georgia Military Veteran's Hall of Fame; and in 2018, was inducted into the U.S. Army OCS Hall of Fame. He is a member of the North Georgia Veterans Association at Big Canoe.

As a veteran and member of the North GA Veterans and Big Canoe resident, we are honored to have Philip Spackman serve as our Memorial Day Guest Speaker, and urge you, your family, and friends to attend the Memorial Day Commemoration Program. 

For North Georgia Veterans attending, the dress for the event is casual, unless you are part of the program, in which case you should wear your NGV uniform. All NGV members are encouraged to wear name badges and any NGV monogrammed apparel, like a shirt or hat.

Please plan to arrive NLT 09:45am, so the program may begin on time at 10am. 

The program will include the North Georgia Veterans Chorus, flag ceremony assisted by the Boy Scouts, and will conclude with the playing of “Taps".

Please mark your calendar now for this event.

Communications Director,
North Georgia Veterans


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 [Tentative]

November 11 2020 - Veterans Day Observance 
10:55am Video Presentation Click Here: 


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.


May Membership Meeting


@ 3PM, FRIDAY 5/07


Center pork chop with sauce

House salad-lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers,
onions and croutons. Balsamic and Ranch dressing 
Chef's choice of soup 
Mashed potatoes
Green Beans, Rolls and butter

Price: $20 including tax and gratuity

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

May Membership Meeting

11:30am, 12 May 2021

"Mission, History and Future Plans for
The National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force

Guest Speaker:

John ONeil

John O’Neil previously served on the Board of Trustees (BOT) of the National Museum of the Mighty 8th Air Force from 2007 to 2015. In the final year of his term limit he was a member of the Board’s Executive Committee (EXCOM). John was actively involved in Museum sponsored events in the Atlanta area including the two successful fundraisers (Blue Jeans, Bomber Jackets and BBQ) and three events at the Atlanta History center. He was also involved in Savannah events including the Flying Fortress 5K (UPS Sponsored race) and the recent 20th Anniversary Museum Gala in May of 2016 (UPS Sponsored). John O’Neil was born in Milton, MA.  He earned a BS in Business Management from Fairfield University School of Business in 1981.  He is currently the VP of Human Resources for UPS’s Global Workforce Panning & Strategy Group headquartered in Atlanta, GA.  In this role John’s primary responsibility is for ensuring that UPS attracts, recruits and acquires the talent necessary to fill the over 434,000 Worldwide UPS positions.  John’s career with UPS began in 1980 and has spanned over three and a half decades.  John has held both operations management and staff level assignments for UPS in CT, RI, MA, NY, SC, GA, IL, Belgium and Atlanta, GA.  Prior to his current assignment, John was VP of HR for UPS Global Supply Chain operations in North & South America, Europe and Asia.
John’s father was a combat Veteran of the Mighty 8th Army Air Force from 1942 -1945.  His father served as a B-17 crewman (Tail & Waist Gunner) on the 95th Bomb Group of the Lt. Bill Owen Crew.  That crew was transferred to the 482nd Bomb Group in late 1943 to experiment with the early “Bomb Through Overcast” (BTO) Radar platforms of H2S, H2X. John began attending Bomb Group and crew reunions with his father in the early 1980’s until his father’s passing in 2006.  John has spoken at several meetings and events over the years on the history of radar’s use in the 8th Air Force and the first successful bombing mission to Berlin on March 4th 1944.  John developed and currently hosts a website established in 2006 to the 482nd Bomb Group in honor of his father called 

John is a member of The National Museum of the Mighty 8th Air Force (Wing Commander), The Eighth Air Force Historical Society, the 100th Bomb Group Foundation, A Charter Member of the National World War II Museum, A Member of the American Association of Museums, and a Member of the Yankee Air Museum at Willow Run. 

John and his wife Susan reside in Snellville, GA and are the proud parents of three grown daughters— Meghan, Erin and Colleen.

Event registration - Click meeting date below

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 


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 Lady and Sons (Paula Dean’s) Restaurant

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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