In 1999, the Combat Vets Motorcycle Club was introduced to the internet. Initially it was believed that the CVMC was an actual established motorcycle organization but, in early 2001, it was discovered that CVMC was simply an internet scam designed to milk money from combat veterans.
Still wanting to remain organized for the purpose of supporting veterans issues, forty-five members decided to form a Combat Veterans Association. In May of 2001 the Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association was started as a non-profit organization, allowing its members to continue working toward their main objective of helping their fellow veterans.
The original 45 members have adopted a patch to wear indicating that they are the original founding members of CVMA.
In May of 2001, the CVMA adopted the CVMA / VFW patch. This was done with the VFW's permission as all CVMA members either were or became VFW members, entitling them to wear the VFW patch. Over the next year and a half the CVMA was well accepted at Post and Division levels within the VFW, but repeated efforts with the VFW National failed to define an officially recognized relationship between CVMA and VFW.
In December of 2002, the CVMA membership voted to begin taking steps to officially establish itself as a veterans charity association independent of the VFW or any other organization. As part of this decision, membership in the VFW was no longer required, opening CVMA membership to all Combat Veterans who ride a motorcycle. It was also decided that the CVMA would wear a one-piece patch composed of the CVMA / VFW background and the old CVMC skull logo. This patch is worn by Full Members only. CVMA Supporter Members and Auxiliary Members each have their own distinct patch based on this design.
In the decade-plus since that time, the CVMA has seen dramatic increases in both its membership numbers and the number of chapters nationwide. Today, CVMA is helping our fellow veterans in every state in the country and has overseas chapters in Europe and Korea.
If you're a Combat Veteran and you're interested in becoming a CVMA member, go to our Contact the Chapter page to get in touch!
Chapter 15-8 had its beginnings as a detachment of North Carolina, Chapter 15-5. Later, the detachment was moved under Chapter 15-7 when they were formed in Franklin, North Carolina.
On June 17, 2015, CVMA Chapter 15-8, was established in Murphy, North Carolina with four original 15-5 detachment members.
Today Chapter 15-8 has an active membership in Western North Carolina, helping veterans while enjoying motorcycling.
Chapter 15-8 is an IRS 501(c)(19) non-profit, wartime veterans organization for tax and donation purposes.
Chapter 15-8 Officers for 2020:
Commander - Jose "JABB" Barreiro
XO - Floyd "Six Pack" Stalcup
Treasurer - Marc "G-Pop" Narkawicz
Secretary - Bruno "Chicago" Coltri
Sergeant At Arms - Rick "Prowl" June
Public Relations Officer -
Chaplains - Bruno "Chicago" Coltri & Marc "G-Pop" Narkawicz
Road Captain -
Quartermaster - Rick "Prowl" June