Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association 28-3 Chapter Commander Mark Moser spoke about what the organization does at the Lions Club meeting on Sept. 26.
“The combat vets are really just a group of disparate guys and gals who like to ride motorcycles as a hobby,” Moser said. “We’ve got all branches involved in it.”
The motto of the organization is “vets helping vets.” Each chapter, and the organization as a whole, supports local vets and their needs.
“We do that by helping focus on taking care of veteran facilities—especially places that provide shelter and food and clothes,” Moser said. “We also get involved with guidance if we can give it or finding someone who can. Sometimes it’s just saying, ‘Thank you and welcome home.”’
Membership for the organization includes full, support and auxiliary. Full members are veterans with documented combat experience while support members do not have documented combat experience. The auxiliary are the spouses of the full and support members.
Moser said that there are members in all 50 states and some overseas. He said that there is talk of starting chapters in Germany and Korea as well.
“We’ve got a lot of active duty guys, in the organization, that are still in combat zones as we speak,” Moser said.
As far as local contributions, the 28-3 chapter holds a poker run every year to raise money for a cause. The money for the last couple of years was donated towards the Wounded Warrior cabin at Lake Tholocco in Fort Rucker that just had its ribbon cutting.
The auxiliary raise funds for scholarships for veterans and their families in the CVMA, according to Moser. This past year, the 28-3 auxiliary was the single biggest donor in Alabama and in the nation to the scholarship fund.
Moser talked about the relationship the organization has with Covenant Hospice.
“Any time they (Covenant Hospice) get a veteran, they call us,” Moser said. “We will get out there and give the veteran—he doesn’t have to be combat vet, just a vet at all—a certificate of appreciation from us and the hospice and a pin. Really for us, that’s a really rewarding thing to do.”
He said the organization has also pressur washed houses, mowed lawns, helped paint houses and helped rebuild a porch for veterans who struggle with caring care for their home.
Moser said the final big thing the 28-3 Chapter does is ride out in support of its sister chapters all over Alabama. He said, in return, those sister chapters support 28-3 as well.
To find out more about the CVMA, go to combatvet.org.