CVMA 27-2 Presents
Bull Run III
Vets Helping Vets
28 July 2018
Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association (National Organization)
In the year 1999, the Combat Vets Motorcycle Club (CVMC) was introduced on the Internet. Up until the first part of 2001 many of us were led to believe it was a true and established motorcycle organization, however, through many turns of events, it was revealed that CVMC was an Internet scam to milk money from combat veterans. In the early months of 2001, many of the members discovered this scam and alerted one another. Since we were still interested in the issues of veterans, 45 members decided to form Combat Vets Motorcycle Association (CVMA). CVMA appeared as a nonprofit association on or about May 1st, 2001, and we have since continued with our mission; “Vets Helping Vets”. The two main things that brought us together was motorcycle riding and being veterans from combat zones or theaters. The original 45 members have adopted a patch to wear indicating that they are the original founding fathers of CVMA.
In May of 2001, CVMA adopted the Combat Vets Motorcycle Association/Veterans of Foreign War (CVMA/VFW) patch. This was done with VFW's approval as all CVMA members were or soon became VFW members and were entitled to wear the VFW patch. Over the next year and a half, the CVMA was well accepted at post and division levels with the VFW. Many meetings, conversations and letters over this period with the VFW national board always sounded positive but with no results of developing a relationship. In December 2002 the CVMA membership voted to separate from VFW and move on towards the association it wanted to be. Since VFW membership was no longer required, CVMA opened up to all combat veterans who ride a motorcycle.
On December 15, 2002 it was voted the CVMA would wear a combination of the CVMA background and the old skull logo as a one piece patch. Membership requirements being a new member had to be a combat veteran and ride a motorcycle as a hobby. This patch is worn by full combat members only.
On 29 June 2011, the Northern Virginia Chapter of the Combat Veteran Motorcycle Association was admitted into record of the Commonwealth of Virginia State Corporation Commission. During May 2012, the Internal Revenue Service determined the chapter as a qualified non-profit veterans organization under Section 501(c)(19) of the Internal Revenue Code effective on our date of incorporation to present. We are an Association of Combat Veterans from Northern Virginia that currently or have served in all branches of the United States Armed Forces.
We happen to ride motorcycles as a hobby but 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 Supporter Members (those who have non-combat military service, and have a sincere dedication to helping veterans). We sponsor and/or participate in many motorcycle-related charity events each year, and as a non-profit organization, donate to various veteran care facilities and veteran charities