The Warriors of Chaos Veterans Motorcycle Club (WCVMC) mantra is Veterans helping Veterans. We strive to do this as much and as often as possible. Although we appreciate the kind words when the impact of this help is witnessed, please know our effort begins with the hard work in generating the needed funds through fundraisers, raffles, and soliciting donations. It's this financial support that affords us the opportunity to complete our mission. As you learn more about what the WCVMC does, please consider helping us help others.
Below are just some recent examples of what the WCVMC works tirelessly to do, in having a positive impact on many.
A wall of honor
On Wednesday, 8/10, the Warriors of Chaos Veterans Motorcycle Club (WCVMC was honored to support Bikers Helping Others (BHO) and the Smithton American Legion in the escort and assembly of the Traveling Vietnam Memorial Wall and the 9/11 Remembered Traveling Memorial (https://www.travelingwall.us/) in Smithton, PA.
The Traveling Vietnam Memorial Wall is a 3/5 scale of the Vietnam Memorial in Washington DC. It stands six feet tall at the center and covers almost 300 feet from end to end. It stands as a reminder of the great sacrifices made during the Vietnam War and was made for the purpose of helping heal and rekindle friendships and to allow people the opportunity to visit loved ones in their hometown who otherwise may not be able to make the trip to Washington. Included in this memorial is a section dedicated to those heroes lost in Iraq and Afghanistan.
This memorial is being hosted by Rep. Eric Davanzo (R-Westmoreland) and Bikers Helping Others (BHO) and will include guest speakers Brig. Gen. Mark A. Goodwill; Specialist Thomas M. Fitzgerald Jr., Silver Star Medal Recipient; and Cory Snyder, emergency management coordinator, fire academy instructor.
Opening ceremonies will begin on Thursday, Aug. 11, at 10 a.m. The walls will then be available to view, dawn to dusk, through Sunday, Aug. 14, at 2 p.m., when closing ceremonies begin. The Smithton Ball Fields are located at 690 Peer St., Smithton, PA.
HEROES and their gold star families
The Warriors of Chaos Veterans Motorcycle Club (WCVMC) had the incredible honor on Friday, 8/5 and Saturday, 8/6 of joining with Tony Aubrey of Operation Vet NOW (https://opvetnow.org/) to spend time with some very special Gold Star families and honor heroes, never to be forgotten.
On Friday, the WCVMC had the privilege in joining with OVN to co-sponsor a catered dinner for 6 Gold Star families at the American Legion in White Oak, PA. This beautiful evening was filled with unforgettable moments spent with the families, hearing firsthand, of these incredible heroes. The heroes honored included:
PVT Garrett Duell
SGT Russell Crupe Jr
PO HN-3 Jared Stiles
SSG Michelle Langhorst
TSgt Brian Theobald
PVT Karl Sellner
Additionally, the evening was filled with inspirational and supportive speeches provided by several including Tony Aubrey, T-Rich (President of WCVMC), and several other guest speakers.
On Saturday, this special weekend continued with the 4th Annual OVN Fallen Heroes Run & Military Appreciation Event held at Z&M Harley Davidson in Greensburg. This day started with a WCVMC-led motorcycle ride to the American Legion in White Oak, PA for a special ceremony for our heroes and their families before returning to Z&M Harley Davidson. This ride included a very special moment for a very special person, Erin (mother of PVT Karl Sellner) who had shared, prior to the ride, her wish to be on the back of a motorcycle and join in this ride for her son and the other heroes. After several of the WCVMC jumped at the chance to make this a reality, Brother Cheech confirmed he would make this happen. Based on her smile, we believe Erin’s day was hopefully made just a little brighter.
Once back to Z&M, the day’s festivities continued with another ceremony for our heroes (which included the families being recognized, a 21-gun salute, etc.), the Veterans Village (containing many Veteran-related services), great food, live music from the Bartlow Brothers Band, and some very cool stuff on display, such as the Golik Motorsports race car, an intimidating 5-ton, 6x6 military truck (courtesy of Mike Gestner/Jenny Schantz), etc.
Key takeaways from this weekend:
Those honored this weekend are heroes.
They (and their families) will never be forgotten.
Their families are now our family.
If you know a Veteran, make a commitment to reach out to them, on a regular basis, to check on them, to make sure they are good, and to make sure they know they can count on you to be there for them, as they were for you.
For some great video footage of the day: https://youtu.be/K9pHVgx7KYk
Below are a few photos from this weekend. For more, please see the Gallery.
forgotten no longer
On Friday, 7/15, several brothers of the WCVMC participated in a proper military burial service held to honor 15 United States veterans from Westmoreland County whose cremains were never claimed by family, some dating back to 1993.
A memorial service at Hempfield Park honored the 15 unclaimed veterans, whose remains were placed in ornate urns. Their names were read aloud, and while no one in the crowd knew the soldiers and no one was related to them, people came from all over.
Club President, T-Rich, personally offered and participated in the ceremony.
Immediately following, a public funeral procession with a multiagency escort then drove to the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies for a full military funeral. This procession was comprised of some 150+ motorcycles.
Although these heroes went unclaimed by family members for far too long, on this day, they were honorably laid to rest by strangers who became family to each and every one of them.
For the story/video of this remarkable day:
respect for a lost hero
On Friday, 7/8, Marine veteran and Oakdale police officer, Charles "Chucky" Stipetich, was laid to rest and the WCVMC made it their mission to be there and show respect to his family, his brothers in the Marines, as well as his brothers/sisters in law enforcement.
This hero was taken from this earth much too early, but not before making a positive impact on so many, both those who knew him and those who did not.
Chucky, your mission to make this a better world did not go unnoticed or unappreciated. In fact, it stands as a model for many to follow and therefore, you were successful in your mission and your life mattered.
For the story/video of this showing of support:
honoring the fallen
On Thursday, 7/1, several brothers of the WCVMC were honored to participate in the escorting and setup of the Traveling Tomb of the Unknown Soldier to Zelienople, PA.
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier serves as a symbolic grave for all war dead whose remains have not been found or identified.
The Zelienople Historical Society is giving veterans and community members the honor of viewing the Traveling Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, a monument dedicated to the services of an unknown soldier and to the common memories of all soldiers killed in war.
For additional details surrounding planned events, please see:
honoring at speed
The WCVMC is honored to partner with Operation Vet NOW and ride alongside an incredible race team focused not only on winning, but representing those who provide us with the freedom to do so.
The Golik Motorsports car will be unveiled at the Armed Forces Appreciation Night (5/21) at Jennerstown Speedway Complex.
The car will also be featured in a special Memorial Day Weekend event called the Jennerstown Salutes 150 (5/28) and will carry the name of Medal Of Honor recipient MSgt John Chapman that night.
Future showings of the car will include it being on display at the OVN Fallen Heroes Run (8/6) at Z&M Harley Davidson in Greensburg, PA and possibly at the We The People Ride & Event (9/10) in Kittanning, PA.
Piloting this fine machine in the open wheel modified series at Jennerstown this year will be Tom Golik. Tom is not only the driver, he is the father of SSgt Golik and Loadmaster on C-17 Globemaster in the US Air Force.
So please join us in wishing Tom and his team an incredible winning season!
WHEELS of freedom
Today, the Warriors of Chaos VMC (WCVMC) was honored to provide a very-deserving gentleman a new set of wheels. This gentleman, Keith Carney, reached out to the WCVMC upon hearing of the club fostering a refurbished, motorized wheelchair needing a new pilot.
Keith has some debilitating medical issues which require him to use a wheelchair for mobility. His current wheelchair had some mechanical and safety issues which were not suitable to be operated.
Therefore, the WCVMC was able to gift this refurbished wheelchair to this very happy and deserving gentleman today. Here’s wishing Keith and his new wheels of freedom, a very Happy (and healthy) New Year!
A special shout-out to brothers Cowboy, Doc, Big Country, prospects Dave and Don, and all others for making this just another opportunity for the WCVMC to help those deserving.
Most have probably heard about that foggy Christmas Eve, when Santa came to say, "Rudolph, with your nose so bright, won't you guide my sleigh tonight?"
When Santa heard the children at the UPMC Mercy Burn Center needed their spirits lifted this Christmas, he reached out to a crew he knew could get it done, the Warriors of Chaos Veterans Motorcycle Club (WCVMC).
Upon receiving Santa’s request, brother Nomad immediately grabbed the crew and went to work in coordinating and organizing this entire endeavor.
Prez T-Rich pulled in community grant support from several local Walmart Supercenters, which provided for many, many overly-filled Walmart shopping carts!
Brother Lumberjack reached out to the good people at Peak Oilfield and other companies who support them, which helped Lumberjack secure well over 200+ toys alone!
Prospect Dave knew the good people at Best Buy would love to be a part of something so meaningful, so he engaged the support of Shatae Belajac. Shatae enabled Best Buy and the staff to participate in this awesome endeavor. Through the efforts of Shatae, Dave, and the good people at Best Buy, boxes upon boxes of toys were loaded into our trailer!
Additionally, Wendy and Rich at the Trolley Stop Inn (Bethel Park, PA) jumped at the chance to set up a donation box, which provided another awesome bundle of toys!
Nomad and WCVMC brothers and their girls worked tirelessly, for weeks, in securing needed support, procuring approximately 1,000+ toys, and delivering on Santa’s request.
The folks at UPMC Mercy Burn Center, the real heroes, couldn’t have been more welcoming and thankful. In fact, I believe we may have seen a few tears of joy!
The WCVMC appreciates those who help us, help others. Just a few we would like to personally thank for helping us, overwhelmingly address Santa’s request are:
Walmart Supercenters in Latrobe, Indiana, and Greensburg
Shatae Belajac (Best Buy District 43)
Wendy and Rich (The Trolley Stop Inn)
Glen Rose Transportation
Jay D Enterprise
Additionally, we would like to thank the following heroes for all their hard work, day in/day out:
The Mercy Trauma Burn Unit
Dr. Jenny Zimbicky
Unit Director Nicole Pieri
An awesome nursing staff!
Major Dan Brooks
Captain Joseph Pocsatko
Lieutenant Brandon Corwin
It’s not often one gets the opportunity to play Rudolph (including matching red noses as seen on many WCVMC brothers escorting this delivery on their bikes that morning) and deliver toys to the kids. But when you’re a member of the WCVMC, you never miss a chance at bringing a much-needed smile to the face of little ones or the heroes that care for them.
In closing, the WCVMC would like to wish everyone a very, Merry Christmas!
Here is a news story from WTAE and just a few pics of this effort. You can find many, many more in the Gallery (https://www.warriorsofchaosvmc.com/gallery).
turkeys, turkeys, and more turkeys!
Recently the Warriors of Chaos Veteran Motorcycle Club (WCVMC) became aware of the efforts of an incredible, 16-year-old young man, Wesley Westerman, working to provide turkey dinners to veterans in Allegheny County.
Since hearing his neighbor, a veteran, mention that many veterans don’t really have anyone during Thanksgiving, Wesley decided to do something about it.
That’s when Wesley and his mom, Brandy Jones, began working with Jessica King, commander of VFW District 29, who herself, had been asking people for donations of turkeys for veterans who otherwise wouldn’t be having Thanksgiving.
King’s home post, VFW Post 8430 in East McKeesport, provides traditional side dishes such as mashed potatoes, green beans, fried onions, cranberry sauce, yams, stuffing, gravy, pumpkin pie and whipped cream to go with Wesley’s turkeys. That way, the veterans can have a full Thanksgiving dinner.
Over the past several years (with the help of his mom), Wesley has tirelessly sought donations and organized the collection of the turkeys to provide something a little special for those deserving, around Thanksgiving.
Last year, Wesley was able to collect 40 turkeys.
This year, when brother Smoke was made aware of this young man’s effort, he knew the WCVMC would not hesitate in supporting this veteran-related cause and this young man’s noble efforts.
Hearing of WCVMC’s plans to support this young man and his cause, the Usual Suspects Motorcycle Club and David McGill/Owner of Mogies Irish Pub (http://www.mogiesirishpub.com/) immediately offered to join forces with the WCVMC and make this Wesley’s best year ever.
With the combined effort of all parties, on Thursday, 11/18, the WCVMC, the Usual Suspects MC, and David McGill, met with Wesley, his mom Brandy, and Jessica King to provide them with 86 turkeys!
The WCVMC would like to thank our brother Smoke, the Usual Suspects MC and David McGill/Mogies Irish Pub in not only helping to provide Thanksgiving dinners to deserving men/women, but in showing this incredible young man, the collective impact of his good deed. This here, is hope for our future. Great job Wesley!
IN THE CAGE
The WCVMC is thrilled to be sponsoring Connor "The Controller" Matthews!
Some may consider Connor, from Fall River, MA, a bad ass given his current MMA Pro Record of 4-0-0. But that doesn't even begin to tell this hero's story.
Connor served United States Air Force as a combat controller. For those wondering what a 'combat controller' is, the Air Force’s official website describes the role of a 'combat controller' as the following: “Some of the military’s most difficult missions are carried out by Combat Controller (CCT) specialists who operate in remote, often hostile areas. Acting as a one-man attachment to other special forces teams, these highly specialized Airmen are trained in a wide range of skills, including scuba, parachuting, and snowmobiling, as well as being FAA-certified air traffic controllers in order to establish air control and provide combat support on missions all over the globe.” That's what a 'combat controller' does!
Combine this with his deployment to Afghanistan during the height of the Iraq War and you understand why this man, like many others, is considered a hero.
The date of Connor's next fight is Saturday, 11/6 at Plymouth Memorial Hall in Plymouth, MA. You can make damn sure the WCVMC will be in this hero's corner, even if in spirit!
For more information about Connor, please see:
pittsburgh COLUMBUS DAY PARADE
The WCVMC is honored in being asked to participate in the 2021 Pittsburgh Columbus Day Parade on Saturday, October 9, 2021!
The parade begins at 11a. The route will begin near West Penn Hospital on Liberty Avenue and proceed towards the Bloomfield Bridge.
In addition to the parade, Liberty Avenue in Bloomfield will become a festive atmosphere for a Columbus Day parade filled with 100 bands, floats, organizations and businesses showcasing the region’s Italian history – known as the city’s “Little Italy.”
Please come out to watch the parade, hang with the WCVMC, and enjoy a day of guaranteed festive activities!
For more information, please see:
Respect for Heroes
The WCVMC had the honor to participate in the 1st Veterans Helping Veterans (VHV) National PTSD Awareness Day, Veterans Wellness Festival, and Memorial Ride. It was awesome meeting so many incredible people making it their mission to support our heroes. Additionally, the WCVMC was honored to participate in the Memorial Ride from Homestead to the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies where we had the privilege to meet and spend a few moments with the Gold Star Families of several heroes who will never be forgotten.
Veterans Helping Veterans
Recently, the Veterans Leadership Program (VLP) reached out to the WCVMC requesting any support possible for a Veteran who recently lost everything, including his house, in a fire. He and his sons escaped the fire with only the clothes on their back. Fortunately, many have helped with the necessities during this time. However, he and his sons main mode of transportation had been sidelined with a slew of needed repairs totaling a few thousand dollars.
Although the request made of the WCVMC was to see if we knew any reputable automotive mechanics for a second opinion, the WCVMC went a great deal farther.
Brother Big Country contacted a fellow Veteran and good friend of the club, Steve Craven (K&S Automotive), who immediately agreed to take a look at the car. Big Country took his personal trailer to pick the car and deliver it to K&S Automotive and handle this mission. Steve immediately checked out the car, identified what needed done, and provided an estimate with zero charge for labor. This is where the WCVMC and Steve decided to do more than what was asked of us. Steve completed the needed work (again, with no charge for labor) and tossed in other things such as fixing additional items not part of the original estimate, a free set of needed tires, etc.
The WCVMC decided to help even more and assumed the complete and overall cost for the work done. The end result. this Veteran and his sons have a car once again, on Father's Day, to help them find some normalcy and peace.
Huge shout-out to Steve Craven (K&S Automotive) for helping us, help others.
As well, shout-out to Big Country for taking lead on this one from beginning-to-end, truly making this a case of Veterans helping Veterans.