Great VA Information Links

VA Experience Welcome Kit–Here is the weblink to the new VA Experience Welcome Kit 

You can download the information in black and white and color—the links are just below the article.

Mission Act–Here is a link to the final community care regulations under the Mission Act

National Center for PTSD—Here is the new weblink to PTSD Awareness to include a complete guide to PTSD basics, and a new PTSD app to manage PTSD symptoms called “PTSD Coach”.

Georgia Military Hall of Fame Nominations

Nominations are being accepted for the Georgia Military Veterans’ Hall of Fame (GMVHOF). The GMVHOF is a non-profit organization with the mission of honoring Georgia Veterans and is currently accepting nominations for 2019. If you know any Veterans, please consider nominating them to this rare and noble hall of fame. Eligibility: Living or deceased Veterans who served in one of the five branches of the military and was either born in Georgia, or entered the military in Georgia, or have lived in Georgia for at least ten years. A Veteran may be nominated in one of three categories: VALOR – Heroic action(s) in combat; ACHIEVEMENT – Significant contribution to the military while in service; SERVICE – Significant contribution to mankind after military service. Nomination packets are accepted through the last Friday in August. All packets are automatically considered for up to three years with no additional effort required after initial submission. The GMVHOF is in the Floyd Veterans Building across the street from the Georgia Capital Building. For additional information and / or questions go to the GMVHOF website ( or contact GMVHOF Founder & Director, Paul Longgrear @; C: 706-302-2220 or GMVHOF Co-Director & Chairman of the Board, Rick White @; C: 678-427-0915

Georgia Military Veterans’ Hall of Fame

PO Box 475

Pine Mountain, GA 31822



The Georgia Military Veterans’ Hall of Fame (GMVHOF) – Mission Statement: “The Georgia Military Veterans’ Hall of Fame exists only to Honor Georgia Veterans and to Educate Georgia Youth and Citizens about real Heroes.”


The GMVHOF is an organization that is:

– Georgia Military Veteran Focused

– Not in receipt of any government financial support: No tax money from any source is sought or accepted.

– Non-Profit: IRS approved 501 (c) (3) / IRS ID # 46-2025738

– State of Georgia Recognized, Authorized, and Approved:

Georgia Secretary of State – Approved – 20 February 2013

Georgia Senate – Resolution – 22 March 2013

Georgia House of Representatives – Resolution – 18 February 2015


– A “Veteran” is one that possesses an Honorable Discharge and a DD Form 214 from the active or reserve component of the

US Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, or Coast Guard.

– A “Georgia Veteran” is one that was either Born in Georgia, or Entered the military in Georgia, or Lived in Georgia for at least

ten years.

– A Georgia Veteran, alive or deceased, may be nominated in one of the following three categories:

VALOR – Heroic action(s) in combat for which an award(s) for heroism was awarded

ACHIEVEMENT – Significant contribution to the well-being of the military while in service

SERVICE – Significant contribution to the local community, state, or nation after leaving the military


The GMVHOF Annual Induction Ceremony and Banquet is held each year in November at which time approximately 15 Georgia Veterans are inducted. Since 2013, 100 Georgia Veterans have been inducted (’13: 18; ’14: 16; ’15: 15; ’16: 17; ’17: 17; ’18: 17).


The GMVHOF, with the citations and photos of 100 Georgia Veterans (to date), is located on the Plaza and Balcony Lobby levels of the Floyd Veterans Memorial Building (Twin Towers) at 2 Martin Luther King Drive, NE, Atlanta, GA 30034. The Floyd Building is across the street from the Georgia Capital Building and is open Mon – Fri, 6 AM – 6 PM, closed Sat & Sun.


Nomination Packets: The GMVHOF can accept Nomination Packets through COB of the last Friday in August for the Induction Ceremony to be held in November of that year. Once it has been determined that the Nomination Packets are complete, only the Cover Letters are electronically forwarded to an Independent Selection Committee (ISC). The ISC members do not know each other, never meet as group, never communicate with each other in any manner, and must not reveal the fact that they serve on the ISC. This insures a totally un-biased, un-influenced, “blind”, and fair process. All packets are automatically considered for up to three consecutive years with no additional effort required after initial submission. Mail Nomination Packets to: Georgia Military Veterans’ Hall of Fame, PO Box 475, Pine Mountain, GA 31822.

Donations: All donations that are received by the GMVHOF are used only to honor Veterans. Donations of any amount will generate a receipt to the Donor as long as their contact information is provided. All donations are tax deductible (IRS ID # 46-2025738). Donations may be mailed to: Georgia Military Veterans’ Hall of Fame, PO Box 475, Pine Mountain, GA 31822. .

* POCs / ADDITIONAL INFORMATION For additional information and / or questions go to the GMVHOF website ( or contact: GMVHOF Founder & Director: Paul Longgrear / Email: / Cell: 706-302-2220 GMVHOF Co-Director & Chairman of the Board: Rick White / Email: / Cell: 678-427-0915

* Timeline for each year:

– Each year, the last Friday in August is the Final Cutoff Date for that year’s Nomination Packets to the GMVHOF.

– Each year, the first Saturday in November is the Annual GMVHOF Induction Ceremony & Banquet in Columbus, GA.

For 2019: The Seventh Annual Georgia Military Veterans’ Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony & Banquet will be held in Columbus, GA on Saturday, 2 November 2019 beginning at 6 PM in the Saint Luke Ministry Center (301 11th St.). This annual event is open to the public. Prices: Individual – $55; Table of Eight (8) – $400; Table of Nine (9) $450; Table of Ten (10) – $500. Reservations or Donations may be made through PayPal at: or by mailing a check to: Georgia Military Veterans’ Hall of Fame, PO Box 475, Pine Mountain, GA 31822 and/or by calling Colonel (Ret) Paul Longgrear @ C: 706-302-2220 or H: 706-663-7004.

Independence Day

Independence Day is just around the corner. Here’s a snippet of our events.

The post will participate in the parade through Marietta Square. Our float needs to be in position by 0830 on the morning of July 4th. Members may ride in our float, on a first come, first aboard basis. Please note it will be a long hot day on the float.

We also serve a meal to all current members and their families. The post will provide hamburgers, hot dogs, toppings, and drinks. Members who attend should bring their current ID card, and some side dish to share. Food service will begin around 1PM on July 4th.

Cobb Veterans Memorial

The Cobb Veterans Memorial Foundation is working to bring a suitable veterans memorial to Cobb County. This important issue will be discussed at the Cobb County Board of Commissioners meeting on June 25th at 7PM.
BOC Regular Meetings are held at 100 Cherokee Street, Marietta, GA 30090, in the 2nd Floor Public Meeting Room.

Women Veterans Conference June 7-8

Download the flyer or read the notice below. Should be a great event.

WARNER ROBINS, GA – A two-day conference focusing on women’s health and wellness is scheduled to take place in Warner Robins, Friday and Saturday, June 7 – 8, at the Georgia Veterans Education Career Transition Resource Center on South Armed Forces Blvd (31088).

Hosted by the Women Veterans Office of the Georgia Department of Veterans Service, “Life After the Military” brings together state and federal agencies, as well as local non-profit organizations, who provide services targeted to the unique needs of women veterans transitioning into civilian life.

“Women who served our country in the military are strong and heroic, but their contributions have been under recognized, often by the veteran herself,” notes GDVS Commissioner Mike Roby. “We recognize the challenges of readjustment to post-military life affect women differently than men.”

Commissioner Roby will bring insight to the importance of the GDVS Women Veteran Office in his welcome to conference attendees scheduled for Friday (6/7/19) at 3 p.m.

“The unique needs of women veterans are varied and complex, spanning all aspects of health care, eradication of sexual assault, employment, finance, housing, and social issues,” points out Patricia Ross, VECTR’s Chief Operating Officer and the Chairwoman of the State Veteran Service Board. Ross served 25 years in the U.S. Air Force, retiring in October 2014 at the rank of Colonel.

Friday’s agenda will also include interactive events focused on personal health and wellness lead by local holistic groups. American Legion Post 594 on Moody Road in Warner Robins will host a meet and greet later that evening from 7 – 9 p.m.

Saturday’s packed agenda includes panels focused on women’s health issues lead by the Central Alabama Women Veterans Health Committee and a women’s resource panel including participants from the GDVS Appeals Division and the women coordinators from VETLANTA and Warrior Alliance. There will also be resource information presented by the state’s veteran nursing homes and veteran cemeteries, the Georgia Department of Labor, and the AARP.

2019 Veterans Memorial 5k

The race committee for the 5th Annual  Veterans Memorial 5K and Military Appreciation Celebration would like to thank the entire American Legion Post 29 family for helping host the most successful 5K and military appreciation celebration that we have ever had.   We could not have been successful without the support of the entire American Legion Post 29 family. 

I would like to thank Commander Walt Cusick and his e-board for the support and guidance that they provided.  I really appreciate the efforts of the ALR members for their efforts at putting on a bike ride and providing motorcycles to lead our runners.   The ladies auxiliary provided help at pre-pack, and pickup , registration and made a donation as well.  The SAL made a wonderful donation to the race, and the SAL members really helped with the set-up and take down on race day.    The American Legion members stepped up in huge way, by being volunteers; manning water stations, set up and take down, and clean-up; buying polo shirts; and being phantom runners.  A special thank you to the Social Quarters staff for
their help in selling shirts, tickets and helping with the pick and pack. They are our secret weapon. Needless to say we appreciate the legion’s support of our wine tasting and the Banks and Shane concert.   

Race day was a huge success with over 400 runners ( exact number still being finalized). The simulcast provided by the Army National Guard, their sponsorship and support was outstanding, – it was fun, entertaining, but also very inspirational.  We cannot thank the Marietta Fire Dept. and the Marietta Police Dept. enough for providing an honor guard, a medical team and traffic control.   The weather was great, and it was great to have legion members being our DJ and singing the National Anthem.  The runners enjoyed to the day with many saying this is the best 5k of the year. 

The Military Appreciation Celebration was awesome!  From the ringing of the Bell on the Square to the POW-MIA ceremony  to our speakers and the concert it was tremendous!   A special thanks to Maj. Gen. Tom Carden for his remarks and to Cobb County Commission Chair and retired Marine Colonel Mike Boyce for his comments. The Georgia Symphony Orchestra was tremendous, and we appreciate them donating their time to be with us. 

When you write an open letter, you sometimes leave someone out when you are trying to recap your appreciation for the help we have received.  I hope this is not the case here.  But the race committee truly appreciated the support from the entire legion family for your time, effort, monies, and participation in this years Veterans Memorial 5K and Military Appreciation.

The finances for the race and all of the money totals are still in the works, for we are waiting on some invoices in order to complete the accounting.  I hope to have a final number by the June 6th general meeting. 

In closing I would like to thank all of our sponsors who supported us again this year, for none of this would be possible without them!  There are just too many to list here!  Finally, Peggy Beascoehea and I would like to thank our committee members who worked very hard to help make this event successful!  You guys and gals are the best! 

Have a great day!  Respectfully yours,

Peggy Beascoehea

Race Committee Chairman

Tom Bell


Our 5th Annual Veterans Memorial 5k Race and Celebration will be held Saturday May 25th, 2019. We have several events and lots of ways to be involved. Run, walk, sponsor, buy a shirt, donate, volunteer…

Memorial Day Weekend Events

Welcome to one of our busiest weekends of the year, as we honor the fallen and remember their sacrifices.

Saturday, we hold our 5th Annual Veterans Memorial 5k Race on the Marietta Square. Various volunteers will gather between 0500 and 0700. The race starts at 0730, and will last until about 10AM. Then we set up for our Memorial Celebration at Glover Park on the Square. We’ll have distinguished speakers, a POW-MIA Honor Guard ceremony, and nearly two hours of patriotic music from the Georgia Symphony Orchestra.

Sunday we will honor our namesake, Sgt. William Horace Orr at his grave in Mars Hill cemetery. The short ceremony will begin at 2:45 PM.

Monday, the official Marietta Memorial Day event will take place at the National Cemetery. Then at 2PM, we’ll serve our annual Memorial Day lunch to all our members and their families. Grilled chicken and grilled sausage will be provided, along with sandwich buns and toppings. Members are asked to bring picnic-style sides and deserts.

Sponsor the Guard in the 5k Race

Members of the Georgia National Guard will be out in force, running our Veterans Memorial 5k Race. Many will be in Marietta. But the Guard is currently deployed in many places, including Iraq and Afghanistan. Those deployed Guardsmen will be running simultaneously with us, and we’ll have a live video feed on the Square.

If you cannot run, but would like to sponsor a Guard member, you can do so for $20. Our registration page has an Entry Type for this.