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Wednesday, June 1, 2022

June is PTSD Awareness Month

Indianapolis, IN (June 1, 2022) - The National Center for PTSD has designated June National PTSD awareness month. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) gained notoriety during the Vietnam war in the 1970's when the phrase was coined, but symptoms were being detected in military service men back during the second World War where people classified it as “shell shock.” 

It was not until the 1980’s when it was classified as a diagnosis.


The History Of PTSD Awareness Month

In 2010, Senator Kent Conrad pushed to get official recognition of PTSD via a “day of awareness” in tribute to a North Dakota National Guard member who took his life following two tours in Iraq (S. Res. 541).

Staff Sergeant Joe Biel died in 2007 after suffering from PTSD; Biel committed suicide after his return from duty to his home state. SSgt. Biel’s birthday, June 27, was selected as the official PTSD Awareness Day, which is now observed every year.

In 2014, the Senate designated the full month of June for “National Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Awareness Month” (S. Res. 481)

Our men and women selflessly fight for our freedom and need to be our number one priority when they come home. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder can happen to anyone, and for those that are suffering need to know it is not a weakness, and it is not something you have to live with.



If you or someone you know is suffering from PTSD, don’t hesitate to get help. 
Learn more at: www.ptsd.va.gov

Sunday, May 29, 2022

Bikers celebrate Memorial Day in Sioux City

Sioux City, Iowa, (May 29, 2022) - Motorcycle riders across the Midwest met up Sunday afternoon at the American Legion Hall in Sergeant Bluff for Sioux City’s 8th annual Thunder on the Missouri. The ride is modeled after the Rolling Thunder motorcycle ride that takes place each year in Washington DC.

Bikers met up at the community center to enjoy food and drinks before riding as a group to Siouxland Freedom Park in South Sioux City. Once they get there, a memorial service is held at the park’s Vietnam Memorial Wall. 



Organizers were impressed with this year’s turnout, with over 300 bikers participating. “I think this is a great, great turnout for the bikes and everybody that’s here today,” said Aaron Van Beek, President and Director of the Midwest Honor Flight. “I know a lot of groups have come from all over the Tri-State Area here to come and really be a part of this.”

The day is all about honoring those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country and recognizing the true meaning of Memorial Day.



Many of those participating had a personal connection to the cause. “Why do I ride?” said Larry Haitz, Director of Thunder on the Missouri. “Because I have a lot of friends here that are Vietnam veterans. I have a classmate that’s on the wall over there, and it’s personal for me.”

Patches, hats and other souvenirs were also sold at the event. All of the proceeds go to Midwest Honor Flights, an organization that helps fly veterans to Washington DC to see the memorials honoring the wars they served in.

Wednesday, February 23, 2022

Brotherhood and Bikes: Combat Veterans Help other Veterans

Drasko, Arkansas, USA (February 23, 2022) - Every month, D.J's Diner becomes a biker bar and a veterans club all at once, except that the leather-clad bikers aren't looking for a fight or booze. It would get in the way of their mission.

"Everybody turns and looks at us," Daniel "D-Bo" King said, the road captain for the Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association Arkansas chapter 7-8. "We love it. The louder the pipes, the more we turn a lot of heads."


The chapter is based in Cleburne County and is one of eight in Arkansas and dozens across the country. It's an exclusive club for a couple reasons.

"You have to have at least a 500 c.c. motorcycle, and you've got to be a combat veteran," Bill Morton said, who handles communications and social media for the chapter. "And you got to have your paperwork to prove it."


Facebook: CVMA AR 7-1
Source: THV11