BELOIT — “They took an oath to protect and serve, and they are still doing it on the homefront.”
That’s what former Beloiter Lisa Lemm said about those in the Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association (CVMA). A chapter out of Appleton, Wisconsin, rode down to 103 Moore St. on Saturday morning to paint the home of Lemm’s cousin, Kelly Jacques.
CVMA members donated more than four hours of their time Saturday morning painting the home before riding to a benefit for a fellow veteran in Milwaukee. Group leader Mike Marquette, a retired U.S. Army Lt. Colonel who served in Panama, Bosnia and Iraq, said veterans like to help other veterans.
Jacques’ father was a U.S. Navy veteran and her son Jake Gorrell, 28, is currently in the U.S. Navy.
Jacques is a single mom of Kaden, 11. She works at Pioneer Court Assisted Living as a CNA and is in nursing school. She received word her home needed to be painted and was struggling to find the time and money to get it done.
When her cousin Lemm contacted CVMA, the group didn’t hesitate to help.
“They stood there and listened to my story and it was never a question of what was it for them,” Lemm said.
Because their roaring motorcycles couldn’t carry ladders and scaffolding, CVMA had two fully-loaded chase vehicles following behind their parade of motorcycles into Beloit. Some of the auxiliary women along CVMA were helping with painting the fencing and picking up the yard.
To thank CVMA for its efforts, Jacques was cooking up a lunch of barbecue sandwiches.
According to the CVMA website, https://www.combatvet.org, the organization assists with motorcycle-related charity events. As a non-profit organization, it donates to various veteran care facilities and veteran charities.
Lemm said CVMA does extraordinary work for area veterans. She said they have paid for the funeral of a child of a veteran and helped another veteran obtain a service dog. She said they also hold benefit rides to help raise funds for Honor Flights.
“They’ve already given so much of themselves by being in combat but they will come home and give. They are there for everything,” Lemm said.