C.O.M.B.A.T.

Mission

The C.O.M.B.A.T. initiative is a united “call to arms” expressing an immeasurable scale and worth of a veteran brotherhood and sisterhood belonging to a motorcycle association or club in the fight to eliminate the invisible wounds of war.

Purpose

The C.O.M.B.A.T. initiative is set to bring together veteran members of motorcycle associations and clubs as one unit, regardless of custom, tradition, culture, or location, to support the Camaraderie Foundation and communicate their message of saving lives and families of veterans, who have fought for us, while they fight their demons of despair, heal their invisible wounds of war, and erase their scars of sacrifice.

Coalition     –     a united “call to arms”

Of                 –     expressing an immeasurable scale and worth

Military        –     of a veteran brotherhood and sisterhood

Bikers          –     belonging to a motorcycle association or club

Against       –     in the fight to eliminate

Trauma       –     the invisible wounds of war.

Membership

Any veteran rider member of a motorcycle association or club, from now on known as “member”, can join the C.O.M.B.A.T. initiative to donate money, volunteer their services and skills, and/or participate in direct support of any events, activities, or rides organized by a member, member association, member club, the Camaraderie Foundation, or the C.O.M.B.A.T. initiative itself. A single veteran member belonging to a motorcycle association or club can advocate membership for their association or club.

Member pays $5.00/month for a year or a $50.00 one-time annual payment*

  1. Receives the C.O.M.B.A.T. card with member number, newsletter and is linked to related social media and website
  2. Receives Camaraderie Foundation sticker and magnet
  3. Member’s name is advertised on the newsletter for the duration of their membership
  4. Authorized to wear the C.O.M.B.A.T. patch (after first payment) and Member tab (after full payment)**
  5. **Membership begins on the day of the first payment

Member pays $10.00/month for a year or a $100.00 one-time annual payment*

  1. Receives the C.O.M.B.A.T. card with member number, newsletter and member is linked to related social media and website for updates and post notifications
  2. Receives Camaraderie Foundation sticker and magnet
  3. Member’s name advertised on newsletter and website for duration of their membership
  4. Automatically enrolled in Loyalty Rider Miles program for duration of their membership
  5. Authorized to wear the C.O.M.B.A.T. patch (after first payment) and Bronze Member tab (after full payment)**
  6. **Membership begins on the day of the first payment

Member pays $50.00/month for a year or a $500.00 one-time annual payment*

  1. Receives the C.O.M.B.A.T. card with member number, card with member number, newsletter and member is linked to related social media and website for updates and post notifications
  2. Receives Camaraderie Foundation sticker and magnet
  3. Member’s/group’s name is advertised on the newsletter and website permanently
  4. Automatically enrolled in Loyalty Rider Miles program for duration of their membership
  5. Authorized to wear the C.O.M.B.A.T. patch (after first payment) and Silver Member tab (after full payment)
  6. **Membership begins on the day of the first payment

Member pays $100.00/month for a year or a $1,000.00 one-time annual payment*

  1. Receives the C.O.M.B.A.T. card with member number, newsletter and member is linked to related social media and website for updates and post notifications
  2. Receives Camaraderie Foundation sticker and magnet
  3. Member’s/group’s name is advertised on the newsletter and website permanently
  4. Automatically enrolled in Loyalty Rider Miles program for duration of their membership
  5. Authorized to wear the C.O.M.B.A.T. patch (after first payment) and Gold Member tab (after full payment)
  6. Automatically enrolled in C.O.M.B.A.T Buddy program
  7. Member/group has one seat and voice at C.O.M.B.A.T meetings for the duration of their membership
  8. **Membership begins on the day of the first payment

* Groups with 5 or more C.O.M.B.A.T members that match or exceed a level’s annual requirement receives group recognition at that level; Missed/late payments will suspend benefits

Programs

Loyalty C.O.M.B.A.T. Miles 

Participants in C.O.M.B.A.T. sponsored rides earn loyalty rider miles. These miles are tallied annually to determine the winner of the annual award.

Program Registration Fee:  $10.00/member; $20.00/non-member; $75.00/group (up to 5 riders)

Yearly Award:  The rider and group with the most earned miles will win a Golden Cruiser trophy.

Participation Certificates:  Every rider and group will receive a certificate of appreciation.

Program Process:  Participating riders’ membership or program number is linked to the program. When they arrive at the event, they sign-in under their membership number. Once the ride is over, the participants sign-out completing their entry.

Tools:  Participating riders will use their membership card or program number. An online signup form will be located at each event which will record the program member’s number. The database is controlled by headquarters.

C.O.M.B.A.T. Lifesaver

Adopt-A-Vet by sponsoring a Camaraderie Foundation client. All monies raised by that adopting individual or group (guardians) will go directly to that veteran’s and their family’s counseling sessions until the completion of their Camaraderie Foundation care (excludes outside referrals for long term counseling).

Outside organizations have the opportunity of sponsoring guardians by the following options:

  1. Matching the donations or monies raised by the guardian
  2. Donating a set amount towards each registered mile that the guardian rides for their buddy (i.e. $1.00/mile)

Program Registration Fee:  $10.00/member; $20.00/non-member; $75.00/group (up to 5 riders)

Yearly Award:  The guardian with the most earned donations will receive the Guardian Angel trophy.

Participation Certificates:  Every guardian will receive a certificate of appreciation.

Program Process:  Participating guardians’ membership or program number is linked to the program. Guardian will receive a client’s road name (or alias) only (due to HIPPA compliancy). Any event or ride that the guardian rides in is recorded and monies paid at the event, by the guardian, will go directly to the client’s foundation account. If the guardian is sponsored by an organization, the recorded miles and/or matched donations will also go directly to the client’s foundation account. The database is controlled by headquarters.

Tools:  Guardians will use their membership card or program number. An online sign-up form

will be located at each event which will record the program member’s number. The database is controlled by headquarters.

Annual Events

The No Soldier Left Behind campaign reminds us of those veterans, from the previous year, that still need our guidance and comfort.

  1. Organize and conduct a New Year’s Poker/Dice Run
  2. Other activities TBD

The Heart, Mind, and Soul campaign encourages compassion, self-awareness, and motivation for our brothers and sisters in need.

  1. Organize and conduct a Lifesaver Run (escorted/poker run) and social for Camaraderie Foundation clients
  2. Other activities TBD

Americans recognize and honor military caregivers’ sacrifices and successes.

  1. Organize and conduct a Cap and Tassel Run (escorted) celebrating graduating clients.
  2. Other activities TBD

We recognize military children and youth for their heroism, character, courage, sacrifices and continued resilience.

  1. Organize and conduct a camaraderie ride and family day
  2. Other activities TBD

A day to acknowledge the contributions and sacrifices of the spouses of the U.S. Armed Forces.

  1. Organize and conduct a camaraderie ride and family day
  2. Other activities TBD

PTSD Awareness Month encourages everyone to raise public awareness of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and effective treatments, and how we can all help those affected by PTSD.

  1. Organize and conduct a camaraderie ride to spread awareness
  2. Other activities TBD

National PTSD Awareness Day is a day dedicated to creating awareness regarding PTSD.

  1. Organize and conduct a ride-in hosting a party or BBQ for Camaraderie Foundation clients and their families
  2. Other activities TBD

Started in 2009, the foundation gives counseling “scholarships” to veterans struggling to readjust to civilian life — or the families struggling to help them.

  1. Organize and conduct an anniversary ride and family day
  2. Other activities TBD

Purple Heart Day recognizes not only the merit but more importantly the men and women killed and wounded in combat who have earned the badge of honor. It encourages people to pay their respects, to listen to the stories of soldiers and veterans, and to thank them for their service.

  1. Organize and conduct a ride inviting purple heart earners
  2. Organize and conduct a ride that passes out violas to specific military locations
  3. Other activities TBD

Patriot Day remembers those who were injured, died, or affected during the terrorist attacks in the United States on September 11, 2001.

  1. Organize and conduct an escorted rider or poker run
  2. Other activities TBD

National Day of the Deployed honors all of the brave men and woman who have been deployed, are sacrificing, or have sacrificed their lives to defend our country.

  1. Organize and conduct a ride or ride-in to collect items and/or letters to be sent to deployed military units to help comfort their tours of duty
  2. Other activities TBD

Military Family Month recognizes and honors military families for their numerous contributions and daily sacrifices to the Army and the nation.

  1. Organize and conduct a ride-in hosting a party or BBQ for Camaraderie Foundation clients and their families
  2. Other activities TBD

Veterans Day honors those who served in the United States Armed Forces.

  1. Participate in the Veteran’s Day Parade (downtown Orlando) with a mixed group of C.O.M.B.A.T. rider members; moreover, include recently and currently treated veterans
  2. Other activities TBD

We celebrate the launching of the Camaraderie Foundation initiative – Coalition Of Military Bikers Against Trauma.

  1. Organize and conduct an escorted ride and host a party
  2. Other activities TBD