By Attorney Christina Gullo

The Kantor Gullo Law Firm prides itself on riding with you since 2005. But that does not just mean we are out there on the roads or in the courtroom fighting for your rights. It means that we are supporting local events and charities that champion our fellow riders. Supporting local bike nights and attending motorcycle events is one of my favorite parts of my job. In fact, it’s the part that is not a “job” at all. I’m happy to see that this year has already gotten off to a great start with a number of events and bike nights already underway. There is nothing that I love more than seeing past and current clients and meeting future friends.  

Speaking of great events … on June 8, 2024, I was proud to attend and serve as a sponsor for the 6th Annual Western New York Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association® 19-6, 22-0 Benefit and Memorial Ride. For those of you that don’t know, the CVMA® is made up of Combat Veterans, Supporters, and Auxiliary members from all branches of the United States armed forces who share a love of riding motorcycles. Their mission is to support and defend those who have defended our country and our freedoms. “Veterans helping veterans” is a slogan often heard from CVMA® members and could not be more true. Not only is the CVMA® responsible for raising funds to help local veterans in need, but to raise awareness for the devastating rate of veteran suicides occurring within the United States on a daily basis. According to the 2023 National Veteran Suicide Prevention Annual Report, death by suicide is a leading cause of death amongst veterans. Through their 22-0 Benefit and Memorial Ride, and through all of their many other efforts, the CVMA® continues to raise awareness and create hope for veterans in our community one mile at a time. 

Motorcycle riders and members of the Combat Vets Motorcycle Association move together down the road in staggered formation to raise awareness for Veteran Suicide.

While the CVMA® 22-0 Benefit and Memorial Ride speaks for itself in terms of being more than a worthy cause, something that needs to be emphasized, but is more difficult to put into words, is the atmosphere and sense of belonging fostered at the CVMA® 22-0 Benefit and Memorial Ride. I am always in awe of the tangible comradery that I feel whenever I am fortunate enough to be amongst the CVMA® members, whether it be at one of their meetings, events, or even running into them out at a local restaurant. This particular benefit was no different. Their famous hugs and unmistakable care for each other and their community is an honor to witness and be a part of. In fact, the presence of other local CVMA® chapters from neighboring states is a testament to the CVMA®, as a whole, the inclusive community they have created, and their desire to support each other and reach every veteran possible. 

Thank you to the CVMA® for providing for those who have provided for us by raising awareness and serving as a beacon of hope for all those touched by the loss of a veteran by suicide. 

Stay safe and stay informed.