About

We are an Association of Combat Veterans from all branches of the United States Armed Forces who ride motorcycles as a hobby. As a registered 501(c)(19) veterans’ charity, our mission is to support and protect those who have defended our country and our freedoms. Our focus is to provide assistance and help to individual veterans, veteran care facilities, other veteran organizations and registered charities. We sponsor and participate in many veteran-related motorcycle (and other) charity events each year, and as a non-profit organization, donate to various veteran causes. Our Mission Statement is Veterans Helping Veterans.

Our membership is comprised of Full Members (those with verified combat service), Supporter Members (those who have non-combat military service and have a strong dedication to helping veterans), and Auxiliary Members (Spouses of both Full and Support members). We have members from all 50 states and numerous countries abroad, including combat areas.

Please note that we are an ASSOCIATION and NOT a MOTORCYCLE CLUB (MC). Although we may be in a geographic area, we do not claim territory. We do not have a club house. We do not wear cuts or colors, but rather vests. The patch on our back is one piece.

History

In 1999, the Combat Vets Motorcycle Club was introduced to the Internet. Up until the first part of 2001, many of us were led to believe it was a true and established motorcycle organization. Through many turns of events it was found out 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 others. Since we were all interested in the issues of Veterans, 45 members decided to form a Combat Veterans Association®. The Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association (CVMA)® was established as a non-profit organization in May 2001. We continue with our main objective to help our fellow Veterans. The two main things that brought us together was motorcycle riding & 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 2001, the CVMA® adopted the CVMA/VFW patch. This was done with the VFW’s ok as all CVMA® members were or became VFW members and 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 always sounded positive but with no results of developing a relationship. In December 2002 the CVMA® membership voted to move on towards the Association it wanted to be. Along with this, VFW membership was no longer required, opening the CVMA® 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. New members joined if they met the requirements of being a Combat Veteran and rode a motorcycle as a hobby. These are still the only requirements to be a Full Member. This patch is worn by Full Combat Members only.