In the year 1999, the Combat Vets Motorcycle Club was introduced to the internet.
Up until the first part of 2001 many of us were led to believe it was a true and established motorcycle organization. Through many turns of events it was found out that CVMC was an internet scam to milk money from Combat Veterans.
In the early months of 2001 many of the members found this scam out & alerted one another. Since we were all interested in the issues of Veterans, 45 members decided to form a Combat Veterans Association®. After this was decided, the birth of CVMA® appeared as a non-profit Association on or about May 1st 2001 and we now will be able to continue with our main objective which is helping Veterans.
The 2 main things that brought us together was motorcycle riding & being Veterans from Combat zones or theaters. The original 45 members have adopted a patch to wear indicating that they are the original founding fathers of CVMA®.
In May of 2001 the CVMA® adopted the CVMA®/VFW patch. This was done with the VFW's ok as all CVMA® members were or became VFW members and entitled to wear the VFW patch.
Over the next year and a half the CVMA® was well accepted at Post and Division levels with the VFW. Many meetings, conversations and letters over this period with the VFW National always sounded positive but with no results of developing a relationship. In December 2002 the CVMA® membership voted to move on towards the Association it wanted to be. Along with this, VFW membership was no longer required opening the CVMA® up to all Combat Veterans who ride a motorcycle.
On December 15, 2002 it was voted the CVMA® would wear a combination of the CVMA® background and the old skull logo as a one piece patch. Membership requirements being a new member had to be a Combat Veteran and ride a motorcycle as a hobby. This patch is worn by Full Combat Members only.
Our Chapter adopted the name of the Crossroads Chapter in 2016. Not only is the name a reference to Gray, Maine (where almost every major route in Maine crosses and our chapter meets), but every Veteran we help who has come to a crossroad. We respond and help them on their way. In time, we may be able to ride all over the state and ride by the home of someone we helped. If we had not been there to help when they were at a crossroad, they may not be where we can ride by. Many of us joined this group to be with people who understand what we have experienced. We joined because we were lost at our own crossroads.
We also selected the chapter motto of "Nec merda, Ibi ego eram" as our motto. Which translated from the Latin means, "No shit, there I was" ...which everyone knows is how every good war story starts.