Members of the Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association Chapter 27–2 presented Carlos Hopkins, Virginia Secretary of Veterans and Defense Affairs, and members of Virginia’s Veterans Services Foundation with a donation in the amount of $20,000. The Veterans Services Foundation directly funds the Virginia Veteran and Family Support program, which supports veterans by providing resources and access to behavioral health, rehabilitative, supportive services, and veteran care centers.
Funds are raised each July at the chapter’s annual Bull Run III motorcycle event, an 80-mile ride through picturesque Virginia. The first two battles of Bull Run took place on the Manassas battlefield during the Civil War; however, a civil war continues to be fought. Bull Run III was organized to bring awareness to the battle still being waged by veterans as they encounter debilitating issues such as post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury and veteran suicide which continue to bring death, casualties and missing men. Most issues stem from combat in recent conflicts.
CVMA Chapter 27–2 is a nonprofit, charitable organization, based out of Garrisonville. Chapter members are veterans who have served in combat operations, from Vietnam through the current Iraq and Afghanistan wars, some of whom continue to serve our country. CVMA members ride motorcycles as a hobby and have a passion for helping our country’s brave men and women who have served and who continue to serve to protect our freedoms.
The motto of the CVMA is “Vets helping Vets.” In the past eight years, CVMA Chapter 27–2 has raised more than $167,000 to help support veterans’ issues.