Frequently Asked Questions:
Q: What proof do I have to show to be eligible to join as a Full Member?
A: You MUST have a DD 214 showing your combat service or verifiable, official documentation showing a combat award.
Q: What if I don’t have a DD-214 or mine is inaccurate?
A: You can request a current copy of your service records at the National Archives website.
In order to join the Combat Vets Motorcycle Association as a FULL MEMBER you MUST be able to PROVE your combat service.
Q: Do I have to own a motorcycle?
A: Yes! You MUST own a motorcycle, 500 cc’s or larger and have a valid registration and insurance in YOUR name. It doesn’t matter if it’s a Honda, Yamaha or Harley Davidson. Just a motorcycle; we’re not picky but it’s helpful to have fuel range over 100 miles and should be able to ride at least 70 MPH for a sustained period of time on the freeway. Your bike should also be mechanically sound.
Q: If I’m a veteran but have never been to a combat zone, am I eligible to join?
A: In certain cases you MAY be able to join the CVMA as a Support Member. Each chapter may have up to one Support Member for every ten Full Members. We welcome all vets to come ride with us whether you’re a member or not.
Maximum number of support members will not exceed 10% of total CVMA full Combat membership.
Support members must own and operate a motorcycle of 500cc or greater.
Support members are required to submit their application with proof of military service through a CVMA Full Member SPONSOR who has held a membership for not less than one year. Support members are required to have either ridden a minimum of 3,000 miles with their sponsor, attended three CVMA events or be known by their sponsor for a minimum of 6 months. A full member submitting an application for a support member should verify they meet the above criteria. Only 1 support member can be vouched on per year by an individual CVMA member. Support members will be at a 1 to 10 ratio, 1 support member to 10 full members based on state.
Q: What are the qualifications for an Auxiliary Member?
A: An Auxiliary Member MUST be the current spouse of a Full Member. You’ll need to submit an application and submit it along with a marriage certificate and the applicable payment for dues.
Q: Can my girlfriend/boyfriend become an Auxiliary Member?
A: Absolutely Not!!!!!!! If you wont get married to them yourself why make us do it
Q: What are the three levels of Membership?
A: Full Member, Support Member, and Auxiliary Member.
Q: How can I get a Membership Application?
A: In order to join our chapter, applicants can request an app on the Join page. Along with your application, a valid copy of your DD 214 (showing your combat service or award) and a MONEY ORDER made out to “CVMA 20-8″ for membership dues is required.
Applicants MUST also affirm that they have read “CVMA Protocol”as a condition of your membership. Spouses may also apply for membership in the CVMA Auxiliary
Q: When is your next Chapter Meeting?
A: Chapter meetings are held the second Saturday of every month at different locations. Go to the Chapter Meeting page to find location updates.
Q: How do I transfer my CVMA membership to another state?
A:Contact your current State Rep (SR) and ask him/her to transfer you to your new state. Once the transfer has be completed, contact the SR for your NEW state and ask him/her to insert you into the chapter of your choice.
Q: Are we an MC?
A: We are NOT an MC. We are a Motorcycle Association. We are neutral and claim no territory and no allegiance to any club. We have no probates or hang-around’s.
Q: How long will it take for my application to be processed?
A: Application processing by our National organization times vary but usually within 30 days.
Q: When can I get my patch?
A: Once your application has been approved and you have been emailed an acceptance letter and a CVMA membership number, you can contact our Quartermaster via our “Contact Us” web page to make arrangements to purchase a patch. Patches will NOT be mailed or “picked up” except in extremely extraordinary circumstances. We will present your patch in our “Patching Ceremony” in in front of our chapter members in order to properly welcome you and relay a sense of camaraderie and show respect for your service.
Q: Where is the closest CVMA Chapter in Florida?
A: Navigate to www.combatvet.us
Q: How much are the annual dues?
A: Annual Dues for a Full Member is $20, while Support Members and Auxiliary Members are $10. Patch costs are NOT included and must be purchased once you receive a membership number.
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