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Vets helping vets, motorcycle association serves fellow veterans

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LAWTON, Okla._Local veterans enjoyed hamburgers and hot dogs thanks to one organization who came to them to fire up the grill.

The Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association rolled in and served up an old-fashioned Fourth of July cookout for more than 200 vets. They grilled hot dogs and hamburgers and served them all to thank them for their service. The veterans have been carrying on the tradition for four years, cooking for other veterans that can't do it themselves.

The Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association has a motto “Vets helping vets.” Residents not only got to celebrate the Fourth of July with a cookout, but more importantly with other fellow war vets that took the time to celebrate with them.

The bikers want to make sure the vets have a fun Fourth of July celebration so they don't feel forgotten.

"A lot of these guys are here and their family doesn't come see them and it's a holiday. We think we should celebrate with them because these are our brothers and sisters here and since they don't get family here, we want to give something back to them," said Kevin Vanliew, chapter commander.

Vanliew says they are combat veterans just like the ones living at the center so they feel since they are in a position to give back they should.

"Because at some point in time we could be in a situation like this and we would hope someone would come spend some time with us celebrate with us," said Vanliew.

Resident John Grundman says the Fourth is something he's been looking forward to since last year.

"We love these guys coming out here because it's an exception to the rule you know. We have a lot of cookouts but they're not all like this one. This one is other vets and they love it to," said Grundman.

Grundman says he enjoys getting to hear the bikers’ war stories and telling some of his own.

"It's important to me because it shows that everybody is still thinking about these guys. These guys have put in a lot of work for the country," said Grundman.

Vanliew says they never want them to feel left out on a day that has so much meaning for veterans.

"We don't want them to think they are forgotten, with them being here and not getting a whole lot of visitors or anything. We just want to make sure they know we are thinking of them," said Vanliew.

Vanliew says the chapter has grown since they started doing the Independence Day cookouts four years ago and even have members as far as Altus.

 

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