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Saling to present NGV history at Feb 13 meeting

Bill Saling, co-founder of the North Georgia Veterans at Big Canoe, will speak at the February 13 NGV luncheon on the history and evolution of the organization, one of the largest and most active local veterans organizations in Georgia.

Saling graduated as a Distinguished Military Graduate from Ohio University 1965 with a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration.

He was commissioned February 1965 in the United States Army as second lieutenant in the infantry. Assigned to the First Battalion 22nd Infantry 4th Infantry Division in Fort Lewis, Wash. His unit was deployed to Vietnam in August 1966.

He served in Vietnam from August 1966 to July 1967 as a platoon leader and battalion adjutant and as the commanding officer of the Roanoke, Va. Armed Forces Entrance and Examining Station from July 1967 to May 1969.

Military awards include Combat Infantryman’s Badge, Bronze Star, Air Medal and Joint Services Commendation Medal and Vietnam Campaign Medal. Also, he was a graduate of the Jungle Warfare School, School of the America’s, Ft. Sherman, Panama, Canal Zone.

After a distinguished business career in corporate buying, operations, sales performance and executive recruiting, Saling, then a resident of Big Canoe, was elected as District 1 County Commissioner 2002-2006 in Dawson County.

Saling also founded the Montagnard Chapter in North Georgia of the Atlanta Vietnam Veterans Business Association and Vets Help Vets, Inc. to provide home renovations for returning disabled veterans.

He received the Channel 11 Community Service Award in 2012, the Outstanding Citizen Award from the Atlanta West Point Society in 2013 and served as Chairman of the Shepherd Center Advisory Board 2013-2015.

Saling is married to Fran and has two sons, Steve and Mike and currently lives in Canton.

Those who have served in the armed forces of the United States are invited to join other veterans for lunch and fellowship on the second Wednesday of each month in the Mountains Grille at the Big Canoe Clubhouse at Lake Sconti.  Cost is $17 per person and includes a buffet lunch. North Georgia Membership is open to all who served and received an honorable discharge.  There is no cost to becoming a member. More information and registration information can be found at www.ngvets.org.

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