Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association

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Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association
Logo for CVMA.png
Full member patch of the CVMA
Motto"Vets Helping Vets"
Formation2001 (2001)
Region servedUS
National Board of Directors - PresidentPatrick "Ghost" Ennis
Websitecombatvet.org
 
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Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association
Logo for CVMA.png
Full member patch of the CVMA
Motto"Vets Helping Vets"
Formation2001 (2001)
Region servedUS
National Board of Directors - PresidentPatrick "Ghost" Ennis
Websitecombatvet.org

The Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association (CVMA) is an association of Veterans from all branches of the United States Armed Forces who ride motorcycles as a hobby. Its current mission is to support and defend those who have defended their country and their freedoms. Its focus is to help Veteran care facilities provide a warm meal, clothing, shelter, and guidance, or simply to say "thank you" and "welcome home."

The association's members include Full Members with combat service and Supporter Members with non-combat military service. Many members continue to serve in the armed forces, with several serving in combat areas now. Although the basic motorcycle requirement is any make or model 500 cc or larger. Some are also PGR "Patriot Guard Riders",[1][2][3] or members of their local Veterans of Foreign Wars or American Legion.

CVMA sponsors and participates in many motorcycle-related charity events each year, and as a non-profit organization, donate to various Veteran care facilities and Veteran charities.[4][5][6]

Full Members Patch
Full Members Bike

Wounded Warrior Project cars[edit]

In 2011, the CVMA / Wounded Warrior Project cars were created by Cory Collins.[7] He was wounded 27 days into his first tour of duty in Iraq in 2005 when the truck he was in ran over a 500 lb (230 kg) IED. Collins was the only survivor in his truck. He spent five years going through surgeries and treatments trying to mend 30 broken or shattered bones, he ended up having to have his leg amputated in 2010.[8] Within 34 days, Collins was walking again with the assistance of a prosthetic leg.

Membership[edit]

Membership requirement for Full Members (FM) is verifiable Combat Service records, own and operate a motorcycle 500 cc or larger as a hobby. As a Motorcycle Association, there is no prospecting or probate period. The time the applicant spent in a combat zone verified by their DD214 or ERB/ORB,[9] entitles them to wear the Combat Vets Association (FM) patch once approved. Separate requirements are outlined for Supporter and Auxilliary membership in accordinance of the National By Laws of the Association. All members pay annual dues. [10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1] Posted: Wednesday, November 9, 2011 4:00 am | Updated: 4:03 pm, Thu Nov 10, 2011.By James Sandefer, Special to The Explorer
  2. ^ [2] www.patriotguard.org/Home/Who Rides With Us as of 17 November 2011
  3. ^ [3] Revving Their Engines by Alan Feuer 29 May 2009, The New York Times
  4. ^ Tanner, Beccy (2011-11-07). "Thousands of toys, delivered on two wheels | Wichita Eagle". Kansas.com. Retrieved 2012-07-09. 
  5. ^ [4] www.kansas.com/2011/11/07/2092798/thousands-of-toys-delivered-two.html]
  6. ^ "The Explorer: Voices". Explorernews.com. Retrieved 2012-07-09. 
  7. ^ "Archive - March". BadGroove.com. 2011-04-03. Retrieved 2012-07-09. 
  8. ^ "Give Thanks To Cory Collins". Purplehearthomesusa.org. Retrieved 2012-07-09. 
  9. ^ Janney, Elizabeth (2011-11-11). "Daniels Serves Veterans on the House - Elkridge, MD Patch". Elkridge.patch.com. Retrieved 2012-07-09. 
  10. ^ [5] Combat Vet.org By Laws

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