The U.S. Military Vets MC was established in 1987, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and is incorporated as a non-profit organization. The club as a national organization strives to achieve the following:
- To provide a club for qualified military veterans which offers brotherhood and an opportunity to establish relationships with other military veterans who have served in the defense of the United States of America.
- To establish and support a strong sense of pride in having served in the active military service of the United States of America.
- To improve the image of military veterans and bikers to the general public.
- Have a DD Form 214 and have served 181 days or more in an active duty status. (Reserve and National Guard members can count active duty for training and “summer camps” ). Have full rights to veterans benefits and have received an Honorable Discharge from the United States military or be currently on active duty for a period greater than 181 days, or currently in the National Guard or Reserves;
- Have a Valid Motorcycle Operators’ License;
- Pay monthly Dues;
- Active participation in the club;
- Have a 750 cc motorcycle or larger.
The USMV M/C is a true three-piece patch Motorcycle Club. We are an association of veterans, a Club of bikers, a band of Brothers. We are recognized and respected by other MCs both locally and nationally. We support each other, and recognize that each member has family and professional obligations, and expect that our members meet those priorities in a mature and responsible manner. We have two common bonds; first, we are bikers. Second, we have honorably served this nation and stood in harm’s way to defend her. We are not solely a veteran’s organization, such as the VFW (though many of us are life members). We come to the plate knowing about such things as loyalty, duty, and sacrifice. We learned these things in uniform. Here we find a place to consistently encounter those things we value most when on Active Duty- respect, camaraderie, unity, and brotherhood.
The process of becoming a member has two phases “Prospect” and “Probate”.
During the Prospect phase an individual will go to runs and attend portions of meetings with the club as a guest. This gives the prospect a chance to evaluate his desire to belong to this brotherhood and the club members to evaluate his basic personality and compatibility.
The Probate phase is longer and gives the probate the opportunity to learn the proper conduct of a member in an MC. It affords the membership the opportunity to evaluate the probate as an individual they will be proud to label as and depend upon as a brother. During this time the probate is under the direct supervision of an experienced member whenever wearing the club “rockers”.
Once the Patch is awarded, life does not get easier. There is no coasting. Each member is expected to pull more than his weight. As a member reaches higher levels of experience, his brothers look to him to provide leadership. There are decisions to be made, other clubs to relate to, causes to be fought and won. There are brothers to be taken care of, charities to be funded, and a family to be kept safe. There is always commitment to the club. There is always the expectation that the individual will conduct himself in a manner that projects a positive image to the U.S. Military Vets Motorcycle Club, motorcycle club community and the general public.