A Brief History of the Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association® (CVMA®)
In 2001, 45 individuals brought together by a common interest in veteran issues and an enthusiasm for riding motorcycles formed the Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association® as a nonprofit organization. These founding members of the CVMA® became known as the "Original 45" and today can be identified within the CVMA® by the "Original 45" patch that they alone are authorized to wear.
The original 45 established the vision and mission of the CVMA®, which is "veterans helping veterans." This creed has become the very heart of the CVMA® and is rooted in the belief that there is no higher calling than veterans helping veterans. From the very start, the CVMA® was clearly organized to provide service to veterans, their widows, and their children.
The Skull and Spade were incorporated into the emblem as the CVMA® one-peace patch. All CVMA® members (Full/Auxiliary/Support) wear this one-peace patch and colors as the CVMA® emblem with the understanding that the CVMA® is not a Motorcycle Club (MC), but rather an association of combat veterans dedicated to helping veterans.
The NBOD (National Board of Directors) as well as many within the general membership have worked and continue to work tirelessly in clearing the CVMA® purpose and patch with the major (dominant) MCs around the nation. Through their efforts, the CVMA® does not normally experience any problems when traveling through an MC's territory.
Most of the MC community respects and approves of the CVMA® due to the efforts of the NBOD in explaining the purpose of the association and emphasizing the fact that CVMA® is simply a group of motorcycle enthusiasts, combat veterans helping veterans and in no way demonstrates competition or disrespect for the MC community.
The CVMA® Emblem
Red represents the blood that has been shed on the battlefield.
Gold represents all branches of the military services of the United States.
Black represents the heavy heart possessed for those who gave their lives;
and for those who are considered missing in action or prisoners of war.
The Skull and Spade represent the death that war leaves in its wake.
VETS HELPING VETS
We are an Association of Combat Veterans from all branches of the United States Armed Forces who ride motorcycles as a hobby.
Our mission is to support and defend those who have defended our country and our freedoms. Our focus is to help veteran care facilities provide a warm meal, clothing, shelter, and guidance, or simply to say, "Thank You" and "Welcome Home."
Our membership is comprised of Full Members (those with verified combat service) and Support Members (those who have non-combat military service and have a sincere dedication to helping veterans). We have members from all 50 states and living abroad. Many members continue to serve in our Armed Forces, with several serving in combat areas now.
For more information visit us at: www.combatvets.us
VETS HELPING VETS
In Our Great State
Located in Oklahoma City, CVMA® Chapter 10-1 is the first of five chapters established within the state that serves to support our mission of veterans helping other veterans. We sponsor and/or participate in many motorcycle-related charity events each year. As a 501 (c)(19) Non-Profit, Tax Exempt Organization, we donate our time, talents, and treasures to various veteran care facilities as well as several veteran charities. Article 2 of our Chapter Bylaws provide our objectives and express that CVMA® 10-1 is formed for the betterment of communication and camaraderie between other Motorcycle Associations, Veteran Organizations, and/or Motorcycle Groups: 1) to promote interest in various forms of motorcycle activity associated with Veterans; 2) to create and maintain camaraderie among Combat Veterans from all U.S. Branches of Service and it's allies; 3) to support Veterans and Veteran Organizations throughout the state of Oklahoma and Region 5; 4) to raise awareness for the plight of POWs, MIAs and their families, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), and other combat-related medical conditions; 5) to conduct association functions and activities in a manner befitting the members of CVMA® 10-1 as well as the association's Auxiliary Members; and 6) to encourage a better understanding of motorcycle riders as a constructive sport among members of the public, press, and law enforcement agencies.