WELCOME TO VFW POST 4031

Teamwork ~ Leadership ~ Commitment
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.

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These Are The Latest Things Happening Around the Post
 
Donate to the Fix Our Sign Fund
 
The sign in front of the VFW has taken a beating and has lost many letters because of all the high winds Durango has been experiencing during the past few months. The Post has decided to repair the sign and upgrade its lettering system. This will incur some cost. If you would like to donate to support the repair of the sign please click the "Fix It" button below. Any donation will be appreciated. The sign is can important way of communicating with the Durango Community.

 
 
 
VFW Post 4031 Memorial Day Events 
 
Memorial Day is May 30th. Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the United States for mourning the U.S. military personnel who have died while serving in the United States armed forces. It is observed on the last Monday of May. It was formerly observed on May 30 from 1868 to 1970. VFW Post 4031 is honored to host and sponsor several events around Memorial Day. May 27th and Saturday May 28th Buddy  Poppy distribution at various locations in Durango. Saturday May 28th. This event is in preparation for Memorial Day. The VFW Post and other volunteers will meet at 9:00AM at Greenmount Cemetery during which flags will be placed on the graves of veterans. Meet at the American Legion Monument. Monday May 30th. The first Memorial Day event is a Vietnam Veteran Remembrance held at the Vietnam Memorial in Iris Park at 10:00 AM. The second Memorial Day event is a remembrance ceremony for all veterans held at the Veterans Memorial at Greenmount Cemetery ay 11:00 AM. The third Memorial Day event is a Remembrance Ceremony for those lost at sea, held at the Animas River Bridge behind Rotary Park at 12:00 AM.  The final Memorial Day event is an Open House at the Post. The Public is Welcome to attend all Memorial Events.

 

 The Healing Fields Durango
A great Memorial Day Event here is Durango is call the Healing Fields which will take place in Santa Rita Park. Creating an awe-inspiring panorama, 500 United States flags will fly in a solemn formation at Santa Rita Park during May of 2022. This stirring display of flags will bring the community together in a patriotic tribute to honor our heroes.  Each U.S. flag represents an individual and tells a story. Flags may be sponsored to honor Fallen Servicemen and Women. This unique event is the perfect opportunity for all of us to remember and honor our many heroes. Here is the flyer for the event.  Here is a link to the Healing Fields Website.
 

 
We are sorry to inform you that we have recently lost two Post members. Comrade Tony Schrier lost his battle with leukemia on April 21st at his home in Forest Lakes.  A tribute for him will be held at 10 am on Saturday May 7th at the Bayfield Cemetery's Veterans Memorial.  In lieu of flowers, his wife Anne is requesting donations to the Pine River Valley Heritage Society or the American Legion Post 143.  Details can be found in Tony's obituary in the Durango Herald. Comrade Randy Nickels passed away on April 19th.  Randy's photo and Obituary can be found on our TAPS page. VFW Post 4031 TAPS PageIn lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Randy’s honor to Wounded Warrior Project at www.support.woundedwarriorproject.org or VFW Post 4031 at www.vfw4031.org. On VFW4031.org go to our Donation Page, click on the Donate Button and select "In Memory of Randy L. Nickels.
 
    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. 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 a New Page
The 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 event covered by the Events Page is the First Responders Appreciation Veterans Benefit Breakfast held May 15th 2022.

     Veterans Benefit Breakfast
The next Veterans Benefit Breakfast will be held on June 5th between 9:00 AM and 11:00 AM.  Non-Veterans $8.00, Veterans $7.00, and Kids under 12 $5.00. Great food and the public is welcome. Here is a link to our Veterans Benefit Breakfast Page. The next breakfast will be a Father's Day Brunch. This will be  special meal. Here is the flyer for the Father's Day Brunch.
 
 
 The next Veterans Relief Committee Monthly Meeting will be held on Monday June 20th at 5:30 PM.
 

 Veterans Relief Committee News
The Veterans Relief Committee has disbursed more than $6,000.00 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:
June 25th, Naughty School Girl Poker Run. Naughty School Girls Run Flyer.
June 26th, Veterans River Float. River Float Flyer.
and a future event on September 2nd, Veterans Labor Day Weekend Poker Run, no flyer available as yet.

 
 The Public Relations Committee Monthly Meeting will be held on Tuesday  June 14th at 1:00 PM.

 
Public Relations Committee News
 
The Public Relations Committee (PRC) is running a Membership Drive during the month of May. The goal is to recruit 5 new members. Contact Jeff Punches or Meg Vanasse for materials to recruit potential members. Membership kits are available for events in the Post Office. In addition the PRC planning a number of events in the coming months including another Membership Drive in November, and an Advertising/Sponsorship Drive in June.
 


The Post 4031 final April Post Meeting Minutes and previous months as well as the May 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.


There has been an update effective 4/10/2022 to the VFW4031.org's Website Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. Please go to the Website's Privacy Policy and Terms of Service Page for more information.

 
 
 
 

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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.

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VA Adds to the List of Exposures to Hazardous Chemicals and Materials

The Veterans Administration recently listed three new categories of Exposures to Hazardous Chemicals and Materials that may be reviewed for possible VA Disability.

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Important info from National VFW

VFW Commemorates Armed Forces Day

WASHINGTON - This Saturday is Armed Forces Day, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) joins a grateful nation in in paying tribut...

VFW Applauds Navy for Decision to Name Future Ship After Hero

WASHINGTON - Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) National Commander Matthew "Fritz" Mihelcic applauds Secretary of the Navy Carlos Del ...

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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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