Vets Helping Vets

Memorial Day weekend was full of reminders to spend time reflecting on the men and women who did not return from combat. One group of men and women who did return from combat spent an afternoon also thinking about their brothers and sisters in arms who are struggling in civilian life.

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These members of the Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association (CVMA) Chapter 23-8 serve the Coastal Bend area and the Rio Grande Valley. All members are veterans from all branches of service who served in combat zones or theaters and ride motorcycles as a hobby.

The mission of CVMA is to support and defend those who have defended our country by focusing on helping veteran care facilities provide meals, clothing, shelter and guidance. Texas Chapter 23-8 members discussed possible fund raising projects. Plans include reaching veterans through the Veterans Administration Clinic and County Veteran Services.

The CVMA membership has Full Members and Supporter Members who have non-combat military service. All members are dedicated to Veterans Helping Veterans.

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As these men and women attend official functions or ride their motorcycles, they can be easily identified by the emblem on their back in the shape of a skull in red and gold on a field of black.

Red represents the blood shed on the battlefields.

Military gold represents all branches of the military service.

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Black represents the heavy hearts possessed for those who gave their lives and for those who are considered missing in action or prisoners of war.

The skull and ace of spades represents the death which war leaves in its wake.

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Another group which wears the emblem is the CVMA-Auxiliary Unit. Their mission is to provide a caring and appreciative environment for CVMA members. They focus on helping CVMA Chapter 23-8 accomplish its goals at the local, state and national levels.

Full Members, Supporter Members and Auxiliary want all those who served and/or fought for our country to know they are respected and welcomed home. Other who feel the same can find more information at https://www.cvma23-8.com/.

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