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Local bikers embrace their military roots

Give $2,500 check to deserving vet

Posted: May 22, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: May 22, 2013 2:00 a.m.

From left, Robert "Ripper" Patrick, Matt Cook and Curt "Goat" Webster, as Cook accepts the $2,500 check.

 

The still-rugged beauty of the Santa Clarita Valley provides a natural appeal for motorcyclists. For the past six years, chapter 101 of the legendary Boozefighters Motorcycle Club has enjoyed our rural spirit and open roads by making Canyon Country their home.

Established in 1946 by veterans returning from World War II, the Boozefighters MC has enjoyed 67 years of national growth and international expansion – but their American military heritage has never been forgotten. Chapter 101 combines that love and respect of legacy with a history of active charitable giving.

“The biker community in general is well known for having big hearts, but our chapter of the Boozefighters has a very special focus,” says actor Robert Patrick, the charter holder for chapter 101. “We make it our main goal to raise money and support for disabled veterans.”

The chapter has held poker runs, fundraisers and an annual Battle of the Bands to support its cause. “But we have always given through organizations and foundations,” explained Patrick. “For our next gift, we wanted to do something more one-on-one. Something more personal.”

That next, more personal gift, came in the way of a $2,500 check presented directly to a deserving disabled vet right here in Southern California. With an effort coordinated by chapter 101 member Curt “Goat” Webster, the perfect candidate was found. Marine Lance Corporal Matt Cook served in Iraq throughout most of 2005, suffering severe after-effects of battle that include diminished eyesight, a loss of taste and the onset of multiple sclerosis.

Against a backdrop of the Boozefighters’ rustic Canyon Country clubhouse on Sierra Highway, Cook was presented with the check – a welcome and appreciated helping hand for him and his family.

“Our military sacrifices everything to help preserve our freedom,” said Webster, who spent 10 years as a Marine. “But so often people forget about their sacrifices and their injuries once they return home.

“They, of course, can never forget. They have to live with what they went through for the rest of their lives. That is why we will continue our giving and support. We will never forget.”

 

 

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