WELCOME TO VFW POST 4031

Teamwork ~ Leadership ~ Commitment. Veterans Helping Veterans.
As yesterday's defenders of freedom, we, at VFW Post 4031, want to welcome today's military service members into our ranks and become part of our elite group.  Our common bond is the battlefield, whether it is service in the Persian Gulf, Vietnam, Korea, Kosovo, the war on terrorism or peace-keeping expeditionary campaigns. Your courage and sacrifice have made a difference in preserving and defending world peace. We are dedicated to support of our most important National Asset.... our veterans. Please join us and contribute to our efforts to support our local veterans and their families. We are Veterans helping Veterans.

Announcements

These Are The Latest Things Happening Around the Post 


 


 VFW Post 4031's On Line Store is open for business.

The following are the current items for sale in our online store.
 
VFW Hats Are Now Available!
 
These hats are a VFW branded canvas style hat. The hats are a rugged canvas style having a VFW logo . The hats have a two toned embroided VFW logo. The fit is adjustable using a Velcro back band. A 100% cotton  six panel medium structured hat. Hurry up and buy only 12 left!!
 

Price Reduced. Our first offering is a high quality First Responders Hat. The proceeds from the sale of this hat will be donated to the La Plata County First Responders Support Fund. 

SALE The second item is a 2021 Veterans Memorial Run Bandana, $3.00 each.. Get them while they last. 
 
The third item is the Official T-Shirt of this year's Veterans Float down the Animas River. Pardon the wrinkles in the picture!
 
The fourth item is the 10th Annual Durango Colorado Veterans Poker Run Bandana. A beautiful remembrance of this event.
 
VFW 4031 Ball Caps Coming Soon.

Check the Store often as our offerings will be updated often.
 
 
 
The Annual Durango Cowboy Poetry Concert Program will hold some of its events at the VFW Post 4031 Main Hall. The Concerts will be held from 6PM to 10PM from September 29th to October 1.  Doors open at 5PM. There will be a children's concert on Saturday from 1:30 to 3:30 PM. 
 
We Need Volunteers!
The lifeblood of VFW Post 4031 are its volunteers. Without our volunteers we cannot accomplish our mission to support veterans. The following is a list of things for which we need volunteers to help us.
  1. We need a new Veterans Service Officer.
  2. Color Guard/Honor Guard Members
  3. Members of the Public Relations Committee
  4. On Line Store Support staff
If you are interested in volunteering for one of these jobs please E-Mail Jeff Punches by clicking on the icon below.
 


 
 
Thank You Sponsors!!
In June the Post ran an Advertising and Sponsorship Drive. As a result of the Drive the following sponsors are helping VFW Post 4031 achieve its goal.
Sponsors who have sponsored us two years.
Dalton Ranch Golf Club
Star Liquors
Durango Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad
Wells Group
New Sponsors
DK Mortgage Norm Phillips Team
Durango Harley Davidson
La Plata County Republicans
 

 

 
Veterans Stand Down and Resource Fair September 2022
There will be a Veterans Stand Down and Resource Fair on September 29th at the La Plata County Fairgrounds. Services include VA Benefits, VA Enrollment, Medicade, Health, Hygiene, Supplies. Housing Assistance, Haircuts, Clothing, Employment, Optometrist, and others. Call Greg Dotson at (970) 759-0117 for more information. Click here to get more information.

 
VFW Post 4031 has been the prime force behind the Veterans Day Parade for 20 some years. We would like to see this year's parade be something special. If you are an organization that would like to enter this year's parade let us know. Click here to see this year's parade application.

 
 
Margaret Copeland will be hosting a Veterans Thursday Afternoon Social Club (VTASC) on Thursdays, 4 to 6 PM. This meeting is open to any veteran desiring to join the group which meets in a relaxed social situation. Click here to see the Flyer for this event.


 
 
This year's Veterans Car Giveaway will be held soon.It was originally planned for the Veterans Benefits Breakfast on October 2nd. However this has been postponed.  Stay tuned for updates on this website. Applications can be picked up at the following locations: (1) VFW Post 4031, (2) Elks Lodge 507, or (3) American Legion Post 28. Click here for a copy of an application. Deadline is September 16th at VFW Post 4031. Click here to see the flyer for the event.
 
 

 
Are you ready for some football? Football is coming back to the VFW Post 4031 Lower Hall. There are 6 TVs available for the Sunday ticket. Please come down and enjoy the games every Sunday at 11AM and Monday Night Football at 6PM. Beverages and food are available for a small donation. Open to the public. See you there. Click here to see the flyer for the Football.



    Youth Scholarship Programs
National VFW has announced this year's Voice of Democracy and Patriot's Pen subjects for this year. The Voice of Democracy Contest is for High School Students. The subject of the audio-essay is "Why is the Veteran Important". Here is a link to our Voice of Democracy Page. The Patriot's Pen Contest is open to Middle School Students. The Subject for this year's contest is "My Pledge to Our Veterans." Here is a link to our Patriot's Pen Page. The deadline for both contests in October 31st, 2022. Here is a link to National VFW's news page regarding these contests. Please contact Jeff Punches at webmaster@vfw4031.org for more information . You can also donate to VFW Post 4031's Scholarship Fund by sending a check to Quartermaster, VFW Post 4031, 1550 Main Avenue, Durango, CO. 81301 or by going to either the Voice of Democracy or Patriot's Pen page and clicking on the donate button. 


Our Website Added  New Pages
One new page is called Event News and is found under the heading News. This page will contain descriptions of VFW Post 4031 Events and will feature photos taken at the events. The current events covered by the Events Page are the Fourth of July Parade, the Veterans River Float, and the Members Appreciation Dinner. Another new page is a page called Awards, under News, which shows recent awards that the Post has received. The third new page is Departmental News, under News, which shows the VFW Colorado Newsletters.


     Veterans Benefit Breakfast
The Veterans Benefit Breakfast is one of the most important events that VFW Post 4031 undertakes. The proceeds from these breakfasts directly support veterans in need. The next Veterans Benefit Breakfast will be held on Sunday October 2nd between 9:00 AM and 11:00 PM.  Breakfast is $8.00. Veterans $7.00. Children $5.00. Great food and the public is welcome. Here is a link to our Veterans Benefit Breakfast Page. 
 
 
 The next Veterans Relief Committee Monthly Meeting will be held on Monday September 19th at 5:30 PM.
 

 Veterans Relief Committee News
The Veterans Relief Committee has disbursed more than $15,000.00 to help needy veterans. The Veterans Relief Committee along with the Elks Lodge 507 and American Legion Post 28 are hosting several events in the coming months .

Future Planned Events
Veterans Relief Committee events in the upcoming months, include:
(1) October 2nd, Veterans Car Giveaway. Click here to see the copy of the flyer for the event.  (2) October 14th, A Surf and Turf Dinner, (Steak and Shrimp). Click Here to see the Flyer for the Surf and Turf Dinner.


 
 
The next Public Relations Committee Monthly Meeting will be held October 11th at 1:00PM. 

 
Public Relations Committee News
 
The PRC is planning a number of events in the coming months including a Membership Drive in November. As always the PRC welcomes all members to seek new members for the Post and the Auxiliary. Ask Jeff Punches how you can help.


The Post 4031 final August Post Meeting Minutes and previous months as well as the September Post Draft Minutes are available for reading on the Members Only page. Additionally all the Public Relations Committee minutes are always available for reading. Go to the Log In button at the right of the menu above, click on Members Only and then log in.



 
 
 
 

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As yesterday's defenders of freedom...

 ...we want to welcome today's military service members into our ranks to become part of our elite group.

WWII, Korean War, Vietnam War, Persian Gulf War, Kosovo, War in Afghanistan, War in Iraq, War on Global Terror and other Peace-Keeping Expeditionary Campaigns throughout the globe.

Assistance & Benefits

Assistance & Benefits

The Veterans of Foreign Wars is dedicated

 to supporting those who sacrifice so much for this country, veterans, service members in the US Armed Forces, and their families and continues to be a voice for returning and currently deployed service members and their families.

Post News

Important Info for Post4031 Members

The PACT Act Expands Veterans Health Care

On August 10, 2022, President Biden signed the Sergeant First Class Heath Robinson Honoring our Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics Act—known as the PACT Act. The PACT Act is one of the largest health care and benefit expansions in VA history. It helps us provide generations of Veterans and their survivors with the care they’ve earned and deserve

The Vietnam War Commemoration Provides Sitrep 8 About the Fourth of July

~ Our Flag Does Not Fly Because The Wind Moves It... It Flies With The Last Breath Of Each Soldier Who Died Protecting It ~

National News

Important info from National VFW

It's National VFW Day!

WASHINGTON - Sept. 29 is National Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Day, celebrating one of the largest and most established organiza...

VFW Asks for Deeper Dive on Veteran Suicide

WASHINGTON - Despite news reports of veteran suicide numbers at their lowest since 2006, the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) is urg...

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National VFW Mission Statement 

That the purpose of this Corporation shall be fraternal, patriotic, historical, charitable, and educational; to preserve and strengthen comradeship among its members; to assist worthy comrades; to perpetuate the memory and history of our dead; and to assist their widows and orphans; to maintain true allegiance to the Government of the United States of America, and fidelity to its Constitution and laws; to foster true patriotism; to maintain and extend the institutions of American freedom, and to preserve and defend the United States from all her enemies.
 
VFW Post 4031 Mission Statement
 
The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States is a nonprofit veteran service organization comprised of eligible veterans and military service members from the active, guard, and reserve forces. The mission of the VFW is to foster camaraderie among United States veterans of overseas conflicts; to serve our veterans, the military and our community: and to advocate on behalf of all veterans.

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