The Story Behind the Purple Heart Riders

The Purple Heart Riders is a family-oriented motorcycle riding association, not a motorcycle club. The members are veterans, wounded in battle, that were awarded the "Purple Heart Medal".

This medal is awarded to members of the United States armed forces, wounded by an instrument of war in enemy hands. It’s specifically a combat decoration.

Al “Scout” Grow and Jerry Dumont created the association in early 2009 after contemplating a way to create a space for veterans to spend time together in a constructive and uplifting manner, combining their Purple Heart status with a love of motorcycle riding.

The idea was well received by Purple Heart recipients, from noncommissioned officers to high-ranking Vietnam-era Special Forces brass.

Their back patch, the logos on the back of riders’ jackets, is the blue-and-gold Purple Heart medal – a striking and solemn symbol.

Members are from all walks of life and professional careers, including active and retired law enforcement, the judiciary, active duty and retired military. Many of the veterans are also members of the "Military Order of the Purple Heart".

The association’s mission is to promote patriotism, serve veterans, serve the community and offer support through camaraderie, forming a brotherhood of combat wounded veterans.

It is a non-profit association, interested in helping all veterans who served the nation, as well as to continue creating a space for fellowship.

The Purple Heart Riders was also accepted for membership into the National Coalition of Vietnam and Gulf War Veterans.

Veterans must meet the following criteria:
- wounded in battle and awarded the “Purple Heart Medal”.
- own a motorcycle, at least 400cc.

Veterans that can’t ride a motorcycle due to medical reasons, are still welcome to join. Age and gender aren’t factors, nor is a wounded veteran’s ability to ride a motorcycle, as long as the person received the Purple Heart, that’s all that matters.

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