FEQUENTLY 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 HERE (http://www.archives.gov/veterans/military-service-records/).
In order to join the Combat Vets Motorcycle Association as a FULL MEMBER you MUST be able to PROVE your combat service (download application here).
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 of 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 (download application here). 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.
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.
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 (download application above) and submit it along with a marriage certificate and the applicable payment for dues.
Q: Can my girlfriend become an Auxiliary Member?
A: No. We welcome all to come ride with us whether you’re a member or not.
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 download and complete the application above. Along with your application, you must provide a valid copy of your DD 214 (showing your combat service or award) and a MONEY ORDER made out to “CVMA” for your membership dues. Applicants MUST also affirm that they have read “CVMA Protocol” initial and sign the “CVMA Patch Agreement” 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 EVERY month at different locations. See Kickstands Up
Q: How do I transfer my CVMA membership to another state?
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 you 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 are proud members of the North Florida Confederation of Clubs (NFLCOC). We have no probates or hang-around’s.
Q: How long will it take for my application to be processed?
A: Application processing (download application above) by our National organization times vary but typically 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 State Quartermaster to make arrangements to purchase the right to wear a patch AFTER you have signed the patch agreement (see above). Patches will NOT be mailed or “picked up” except in extremely extraordinary circumstances. We will present your patch in our “Patching Ceremony” 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: How much are the annual dues?
A: Annual Dues for a Full Member are $20, while Support Members and Auxiliary Members are $10. Patch costs are NOT included and must be purchased separately once you receive a membership number and signed a Patch Agreement (see above).
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Terms and conditions are subject to change.
Can I buy one of your shirts?
The answer is currently yes…and no. We will in the future have shirts which will be available for purchase, but our current ones do not meet the National CVMA guidelines for logo usage, so we can only sell them to our membership.