CHAPTER I THE "INSANE" CHAPTER SINCE 1982 NYC / LONG ISLAND
THIS CLUB WAS STARTED IN THE SEVENTIES WHEN THE VIETNAM VET WAS NOT WELCOME AT HOME UNDERSTAND THERE WAS NO SUPPORT FROM THE COUNTRY THAT WE SERVED, THE VA WAS A DISASTER, THE PUBLIC HAD DISDAIN FOR THE VIETNAM VETS AND ARE FEARFUL OF THEM. THIS CLUB STARTED IN THOSE TIMES, WHEN WE TURNED TO EACH OTHER JUST LIKE IN COMBAT
UNDERSTAND THIS CLUB WAS STARTED AS A MOTORCYCLE CLUB FOR VETERANS AND NOT A VETERANS CLUB THAT RIDES MOTORCYCLES
WE ARE THE SAME CLUB TODAY BUT FOR ALL MOTORCYCLE RIDERS WHO ARE VETERANS WITH CHAPTERS FROM MILITARIES WORLDWIDE
THE BROTHERHOOD IS THE SAME EVERWHERE IN THE RED AND BLACK WORLD
"The Red is for the Blood We Shed The Black is for the Mourning"
Viet Nam Vets / Legacy Vets Motorcycle Club Vietnam Vets / Legacy Vets MC is an International Organization with members in Europe, Canada, the Far East, Middle East (Iraq and Afghanistan), Australia, and the United States. We have members in all 50 states including Alaska and Hawaii. Vietnam Vets MC is made up of two compatible groups of former US military men. Those who served in the country of Vietnam and earned the Vietnam Service ribbon. Those who served honorably in the US military during the Vietnam Era and earned the National Defense Ribbon. The Legacy Vets MC is anyone with military service from 1975 to the present
"TWO PATCHES, ONE CLUB"
Bonded by history, and united by principles to form a proud and unique Biker Brotherhood; The Vietnam Vets Motorcycle Club. Vietnam Vets MC contributes our energy, time and resources to an effort that will build a better future for all veterans and their families. Our first and primary mandate is to do everything within our powers to bring our POW/MIA Brothers home and to insist that our Government demands accountability for each and every one of those patriots. The Vietnam Vets MC continues honor our sworn solemn oath to defend and protect the Constitution of the United States against all enemies both foreign and domestic; and our inalienable rights & freedoms, which are the principles on which our country was founded. At the same time we're reaching out to Vietnam Veterans with assistance, by understanding their rights and benefits and help them wrestle with the bureaucratic system that has organized to deny them. The Vietnam Vets MC is an advocacy and activist organization for veteran's rights, and related issues; As Activist, we organize awareness events within our communities, which help to illuminate the plight of often forgotten Veterans. As Advocates, we attempt influence and educate our communities and the media to the unique problems of Vietnam Veterans. Our Brothers share more than just common military experiences; we also share a strict set of codes, ethics and values. We're not a criminal organization nor do we have any intention of becoming one. However, we feel strongly about Government infringements upon any citizen's personal liberties and civil rights. We have not, nor do we intend to get involved with the private business of other motorcycle clubs or their problems. We respect all Motorcycle clubs who share our common codes and principles, along with the freedom of the wind and the road. "We are the Brotherhood in the wind" We returned from an unpopular war, scarred mentally and physically to besieged Nation. We served honorably when called upon, and during a time when it was socially acceptable for our peers to burn their draft cards or flee to Canada. Wanting only justification and reasons for the death, destruction and sacrifices that were made in South East Asia. Instead of the absolution we sought; we were lied to by our Government, demonized by the media and ostracized by our families, classmates, veteran's groups and the public. "We went away as patriots, returned treated like Outlaws" Most Vietnam Veterans decided to blend back into society, by attempting to hide their Vietnam Service. Others refused to hide, and many of them became Bikers, and remained FREE MEN. Becoming a member of The Vietnam Vets MC and our unique Brotherhood takes a process. It starts which a few basics. · Verification of Veterans status (DD 214 & 215) · Own a minimum 650cc Motorcycle These are only the initial requirements, to be considered by the Vietnam Vets / Legacy Vets MC. A select group of Men that meet these standards will be invited to hang around and participate as a guest in club runs and events. After a reasonable time and if they share our common interests, they'll progress to the prospecting stage. The purpose of prospecting is to enable the Brothers and the prospective member to get to know each other. It ensures that they'll be shown what is required to wear the patch and be called Brother. It also gives the Vietnam Vets MC Brothers a chance to see if the prospective member will represent our Brotherhood and Club with honor and Respect. As in every relationship, there is a time of discovery. We're no different; to become a Brother it takes time and effort and we only want the most dedicated Men. The Vietnam Vets / Legacy Vets MC is a unique body of men; we all give 110% to our Club and to our Brothers, as we have NO class system. Society's distinctions, which are based on education, vocation or financial status, have NO relevance to our Brotherhood. . We weed out the “Prima-Donnas”, egos and assholes. We've undertaken a very large task; and we're looking for a few good brothers, not a lot miserable wannabes. We pledge to always be there for our Brothers in need; regardless if they're one of us, The Vietnam Vets / Legacy Vets MC or among one of our associate Clubs.
VietNam Vets MC / LEGACY VETS MC Two patches, one club ABOUT LEGACY VETS MC The definition of "Legacy" is a gift or Honor handed down. We, the Legacy Vets Motorcycle Club, gladly accept this gift of responsibility from our Vietnam Vets Motorcycle Club Brothers, as they entrust us to carry on their principles, traditions, and vision. Legacy Vets MC Brothers are either active-duty military, or honorably discharged veterans who served after December 1975.
We intend to follow the Vietnam Veterans Motorcycle Club example in creating a better future for all veterans and their families. At the same time, we will assume increasing responsibilities of the expanding operations of our Motorcycle Club. All Legacy Vets MC Brothers are advocates and activist for veteran's rights and related issues. Our mission remains to do whatever is necessary to bring our POW/MIA Brothers home from ALL wars and to insist on full accountability from our elected officials. As advocates, we participate in motorcycle and community activities to draw public attention to the unique problems of all Veterans, especially Vietnam Veterans. The Legacy Vets MC continue to honor our solemn oath to protect the Laws of their own contries, and the inalienable principles on which it is formulated. Our Brothers share a strict set of codes, ethics and values. We are not a criminal organization nor do we have any intention of becoming one. We do feel strongly about government infringement on personal liberties and civil rights, and will speak up and take action as appropriate. We do not get involved with the private business of other motorcycle clubs or their problems. We strive to respect the freedom of the wind and the road. The process of becoming a member of the Legacy Vets MC and our unique Brotherhood is best explained in person. Feel free to approach any Legacy Vets or Viet Nam Vets MC member and ask, or E-Mail and request information. You may be very glad you did.