Hometown Patriot: Feb. 20, 2013 - Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association

Like many vets returning from Afghanistan and Iraq, Billie Miller has to adjust to civilian life again here back home. Miller served with an M-P battalion and relates well with other combat veterans.

"As a veteran with PTSD, I'm one of those people that don't like therapists," said Miller. "But these guys, they give me somebody to talk to. They shared a lot of what I went through so it's a lot different than hearing a therapist say, 'you've got to change this in your life.' It's not about changing your life, it's about being around people you can trust."

That's the purpose of the Combat Motorcycle Veterans Association.

"There's no camaraderie like the camaraderie of combat veterans," said Mallory Lessard. "We're able to speak to each other more openly about the experiences that we've had and things that we've seen and done. The person you're talking to understands what you've been through so it's a lot easier to speak with them. It's therapeutic."

The group is holding a motorcycle run on Saturday, March 16 to help out Army Specialist Zach Parker, who became a triple amputee after being wounded last year in Afghanistan. Other proceeds will help homeless veterans at the City of Refuge Shelter in Vinton.

"It's a charitable motorcycle organization," Lessard said. "Our motto is 'Vets helping Vets.' We do a lot of poker runs and raising of funds for veterans that need help."

The motorcycle run begins at Jimbo's Truck Stop in Lake Charles, and one hundred miles later ends up in Sulphur at BeeBops.

For more information, contact Denise at 337- 532-4271.

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