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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 a few examples of what the WCVMC does.

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A day of giving

On Saturday, 1/28/23, WCVMC's day began with a delivery of collected donations to the Fallen Officer Food Drive (organized by the Officer Brian Shaw Scholarship Ride committee) located at Mogies Irish Pub. This year, the Food Drive was in memory of three fallen officers: Officer Derek Kotecki, Officer Brian Shaw, and Chief Justin McIntire.

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Immediately following the delivery to the Fallen Officer Food Drive, the WCVMC attended a fundraising event in Kittanning, PA to deliver another bit of help. This fundraiser was in support of Armstrong County Sheriff K9 Blak, a 7-year veteran of the department, and a needed surgery.

Get well Blak!!

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we the people - save the date(s)!

Based on the awesome turnout and positive feedback received from everyone who attended last year's event, we are very proud to announce the 2nd Annual We the People/Waves of Thunder event scheduled to kick-off the evening of Friday, 9/8 and run through Saturday, 9/9!

On Friday, 9/8 (evening), Hose, Hook & Ladder No. 1 (Kittanning) will bring a return of the Waves of Thunder celebration! More details, surrounding Friday evening's event, are forthcoming.

On Saturday, 9/9, we will have a full-schedule including a motorcycle ride in the morning and an afternoon/evening of live music from incredible bands and speakers, the OVN Veterans Village, and food & vendor trucks!

All this will happen in Riverfront Park, in beautiful downtown Kittanning, along South Water Street.

Please save the date(s) for great celebrations of Our Freedom and Honor of those who've made it possible!

For more information, as it becomes available. please follow the We the People page!

return to visiting heroes

Our heroes and their families sacrificed, for us all.

Our heroes and their families deserve to be cared for, by us all.

Over the past several years, the WCVMC has secured, and delivered essential items needed by our heroes at the Southwestern Veterans Center (Pittsburgh, PA). Although our heroes get very good care at the Center, there's always more we can do for our heroes...and more we will do.

Each year, the WCVMC delivers more and more needed items to the Center. But regardless of how many boxes of items the WCVMC delivers, it's visiting with these heroes, hearing their stories, sharing some heartfelt moments, and seeing some very happy faces, that far surpass any number of boxed items.

For the past few years, given the pandemic (and wanting to keep these heroes safe), the WCVMC could not personally deliver our secured items.

However, this year the WCVMC returned to a very warm welcome from our heroes and their caring staff!

Based on the smiles and excitement, it would be hard to tell who missed these visits more, our heroes, their staff, or the WCVMC.

Once the many boxes of donated items were spread across the many tables, it was the moment everyone waited way too long for, a visit with each of the heroes.

From giving hugs to a 100 year-young sweetheart Veteran to engaging in some lighthearted banter between branches of service to a chance encounter with a 96 year-young Tail Gunner of a B17 Bomber, the day was filled with appreciation, respect, and true honor to be in the presence of such incredible individuals.

As the day came to an end and we began to say our 'goodbyes' to both the heroes and the great people caring for them, many offered a very genuine 'thank you' for our visit. But we all knew, it was us, the WCVMC, who were thankful to each and every one of these heroes and our time together.

The WCVMC would like to thank Mike Gestner/Jenny Schantz for joining our visit to personally deliver donations made possible by FIVE Forces (https://www.facebook.com/Fiveforces2014/).

As well, the WCVMC would like to thank David McGill/Owner of Mogies Irish Pub (http://www.mogiesirishpub.com/) for the significant amount of donated items.

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mission of healing

Trauma is tough for anyone. But for little ones, it's downright brutal given they usually don't understand the what, why, and where of their situation and the treatment needed.

Several years ago, one of our very own Lady Warriors, witnessed firsthand the comfort brought to a little one, dealing with such trauma, when a stuffed animal was given to the little one. The comfort witnessed was immediate and not only lasted the duration of her treatment, but still brings her comfort years later. It was something as simple as a stuffed animal that brought a smile, a sense of comfort, and a well-deserved distraction, away from her harsh reality.

This reaction is not uncommon, as it's witnessed by the heroes who care for these little ones every single day.

Knowing what these little ones are going through (and the heroes who walk alongside them every step of their treatment), the WCVMC continued our effort again this year to step in and do everything we could.

The WCVMC (both club brothers and Lady Warriors) put the word out for donations, as well as went ambushing a local Walmart for many, many shopping carts of feel-good stuff!

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 would like to thank the following for their donations and support of this mission:

  • Walmart

  • Warthogs MC

  • City Kings MC

  • West Penn Power

  • Select Energy Services

  • Ryder Truck Company

  • Shatae Tarbell

  • Best Buy

  • Trolley Stop Inn

  • PA National Guard

  • Haley M

Additionally, we would like to thank the following heroes for all their hard work, day in/day out:

  • The Mercy Trauma Burn Unit

  • UPMC Police

In closing, the WCVMC would like to wish everyone a very, Merry Christmas!

Here is a news story from WPXI (https://www.wpxi.com/news/photos-local/LDGYPT3RMZHU5FBTOOB7YSXAMQ/) and just a few pics of this effort. You can find many, many more in the Gallery (https://www.warriorsofchaosvmc.com/gallery).

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stuff a 5-ton!

When close friend and supporter of the WCVMC, Tony Aubrey (Operation Vet NOW), reaches out for help with a toy drive at a local VFW, you take that call!

Tony's request? A 5-ton military truck! Immediately, the WCVMC reached out to some very good friends who we knew, could handle that request.

On a cool, windy Saturday, 12/3, several from the WCVMC joined Tony Aubrey (OVN), and Mike/Jenny in support of a great event at the East McKeesport VFW to accept donated toys!

 A huge thank you to Mike Gestner/Jenny Schantz for not only collecting/donating some toys, but for driving down (and making available) their 5-ton to help make this mission a success!

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faith in our future

On November 29th, 2022 WCVMC was invited by Jason Atwood, Den Leader and North Huntingdon Commissioner, to speak to Cub Scout Pack 253 (Norwin Elks Charter Sponsor) to wrap up their Veterans Appreciation Month of November. Mr. Atwood's Troop consists of twelve 2nd Graders. The Warriors of Chaos Veterans Motorcycle Club (WCVMC) was asked to introduce ourselves, tell the Scouts what our branches of service were, our timeframe of service, what our MOS' were, and what we currently do to continue to serve our community. Some of the questions the Scouts asked were how big a tank was, how did we get our nicknames, and if they could thank us and shake our hands.

In attendance were A-Team, Doc, Redneck, Siwayz, Prospect Anthony and Lady Warrior Kadillak, who are all Veterans. The Scouts presented everyone with a keepsake 'Star' plaque from a retired American flag, which they learned how to properly & respectfully retire once a flag is worn out or no longer a fitting symbol to display, as part of their lessons during the month of November. The Scouts and Den Leaders look forward to being able to collaborate in the future as community partners. --

May the odds forever be in your favor,

Alexander, S.M. (USMC)

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hunt with a purpose

When a WCVMC brother shares heartfelt information about an event/cause he passionately-supports and the positive impact it has on those needing it, the WCVMC immediately knew it was the something we wanted to support as well.

The event Brother Lumberjack has been committed to for the past several years is the annual Wounded Warrior Pheasant Hunt at Forbes Road Hunting Club (Stoystown, PA).

This year marked the 9th year for the event, which started with 4 veterans its first year. This year's event saw 40 veterans participating and although the weather was a bit dismal, the smiles on the faces of all involved told the real story of the positive impact made!

The WCVMC is honored to have been a sponsor of this year's event and very proud of Brother Lumberjack for bringing this to our attention and continually making a difference in the lives of those who have sacrificed so much for Our Country and Our Freedom.

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turkeys, turkeys, and more turkeys!

Last year, you may remember, the WCVMC became aware of the efforts of an incredible, young man, Wesley Westerman, working to provide turkey dinners to veterans in Allegheny County. The outcome of his effort and support from the WCVMC and several others, including David McGill/Owner of Mogies Irish Pub (http://www.mogiesirishpub.com/), provided Wesley with 86 turkeys!

Well, this young man was back at it with an even greater mission! He now wanted to supply all VFWs in Allegheny AND Westmoreland counties with enough turkeys to provide Veterans with a real Thanksgiving dinner!

Wesley recruited his mom and a few others to continue his mission.

Upon hearing Wesley's renewed mission, Brother Smoke immediately brought it to the attention of the WCVMC and helped lead the charge.

That's when the WCVMC, the City Kings MC, and David McGill/Owner of Mogies Irish Pub joined together to see what we could do in support of Wesley's noble effort.

With the combined effort of all parties, on Thursday, 11/10, the WCVMC, the City Kings MC, and David McGill, met with Wesley, his mom Brandy, and several others to provide them with just under 200 turkeys!

The WCVMC would like to thank our brother Smoke, the City Kings 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, once again, Wesley!

For coverage, please check out the following links:

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A brother down, a brother back up

The WCVMC has/will always support other Veteran-related organizations on the same mission as us, helping and honoring Veterans, Active Duty Service Members, and their families.

Upon hearing of an American Legion Rider who fell down en route to a flag line in honor of a fellow Veteran who had passed, it became our duty to reach out, grab that brother's hand, and help him back up. It's what fellow brothers do, regardless of the patch.

On 11/6/22, several WCVMC brothers rode to a benefit luncheon at the American Legion Post 516 Social Hall in Hollidaysburg, PA to reach out our 'hand' and help that brother back up. Veterans Helping Veterans.

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we the people....have spoken

On Saturday, September 10, the WCVMC sponsored the We The People Ride & Event in Kittanning, PA. With the untiring support, dedication, and coordination from Steve Craven, Ron Balla, and the Kittanning Hose, Hook & Ladder Company 1, the event offered riders an escorted, non-stop, 65-mile ride through some of the most beautiful areas of PA and provided all attendees of the event with a full-day of incredible music, captivating speakers, and a true appreciation for Our Country and Our Freedom.

Mission accomplished.

All proceeds from the day benefited the following:

 - Warriors of Chaos Veterans Motorcycle Club (www.warriorsofchaosvmc.com)

 - Tunnel To Towers ((https://t2t.org/))

 - Rock For Life (https://www.rockforlifeconcert.com/)

 - Hose, Hook & Ladder Company # 1 (https://www.kittanning1.org/)

We would like to thank our Gold-Level sponsors:

 - Kittanning Hose, Hook & Ladder Company #1

 - Iron City Beer

 - IC Light

 - Heroes Bar & Grill

 - Wick City Saloon

 - Warthogs MC

 - Gumpher Electric

 - Dock 9 Bar and Grill

 - Living Comfort

 - Ryan's Creek House

 - Shady Lady Studio Productions

 - VAS Custom Exhausts

 - Peluso Roofing

 - American Legion Riders Post 114

 - Bonfire Restaurant & Lounge

 - Speedfreak Motorsports

 - DnR Contracting LLC

 - Kibuk Cycle Sales, Inc

 - Lukehart Trucking

 - Operation Vet NOW (OVN)

We would like to thank our Silver-Level sponsors:

 - Champion's Crusaiders Rescue

 - Nite Courts Bar and Restaurant

 - W.W. Rearick Co. Inc.

 - Back the Blue AKV

 - AK Valley Park LLC

 - RJC Manufacturing

 - Deemer Construction LLC

 - The Crack'd Egg

 - Spruce Hollow Construction

 - Mike's Righteous Rides

 - Mike's Towing Sales and Service

 - Lucchetti Auto Wrecking

 - Rocky's Roadhouse

 - BBZ Customz

 - Mogie's Irish Pub

 - O'Neil-Sebak Insurance Agency

 - Schultz's Sportsmen's Stop

 - Oklahoma Inn

 - Linear Machining Technology 

 - V and V Appliance Parts 

 - Summers Jam Audio

In addition to our event sponsors, we'd like to thank officials, local businesses, and residents of Kittanning and Armstrong County for providing everyone with one of the most beautiful and welcoming areas to have such an event. 

For pics, drone footage, and media-related info, click here.

Please stay tuned here for information surrounding We The People 2023!

family for a hero

John William McDonough passed away on August 15, 2022.

John was a Veteran. John was a hero.

Not one of the WCVMC brothers knew John, but each knew him.

John was a Veteran. Therefore, John was family.

When the WCVMC learned that a fellow Veteran was called home and had no immediate family to be at his side for the viewing, it became duty for several WCVMC brothers to be by their brother's side at this important time.

They say, 'every man has two deaths, when he is buried in the ground and the last time someone says his name.'

His name is John William McDonough and his life mattered.

RIP Mr. McDonough.

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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.

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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.

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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:

https://www.wtae.com/article/unclaimed-veterans-remains-westmoreland-county/40627755#

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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:

https://www.cbsnews.com/pittsburgh/video/visitation-held-for-officer-charles-stipetich/#x

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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:

https://www.visitbutlercounty.com/events/51336-m/traveling-tomb-of-the-unknown-soldier

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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!

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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.

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santa's request

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)

  • Peak Oilfield

    • National Tank

    • Glen Rose Transportation

    • Select Energy

    • Jay D Enterprise

    • JRC

    • MGT

    • Summit Environmental

    • Bluewater

    • Allied Rubber

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

  • Michele Buraczewski

  • An awesome nursing staff!

  • UPMC Police

    • 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).

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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!

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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:

https://www.tapology.com/fightcenter/fighters/14969-connor-matthews

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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:

Pittsburgh Columbus Day Parade returns in Bloomfield | TribLIVE.com

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.

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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.

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