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.


A satirical reflection by Author/Artist Phil Fehrenbacher

Phil enlisted in the Army in 1965 where you served for years in Vietnam.  He became a graphic designer and has worked for the state of Oregon for 26 years.  He retired in 2003 and started the Cartoon "In-Country".  The cartoons reflect his experiences during his tour of duty in South Vietnam.

There is a new cartoon everyday.

Sponsor a US Flag

Sponsor a Replacement US Flag for Downtown Display

VFW Post 4031 maintains a set of 56 US Flags which are designed to be displayed along Historic Main Avenue on Patriotic Holidays including Memorial Day, the 4th of July, and Veterans Day. Our Flags are 40m years old and ready to  be retired. Help us by Sponsoring a replacement US Flag(s).

VFW Membership is Special

Join, Renew, or Transfer our Membership

We at VFW Post 4031 honor each of our members. We encourage you to join, renew, or transfer your membership to VFW Post 4031. By joining or continuing your membership you are making a statement that you support your fellow veterans in La Plata County. The linked page also allows you to download an application, a membership form, or to renew your membership by credit card. If you have questions please contact us at any time.

Sponsor VFW Post 4031 or One of Our Events

Help us execute our mission.

By becoming a sponsor of VFW Post 4031, you become one of the supporters of our La Plata County veterans. In return for your sponsorship we will advertise your company on our website, on our outdoor sign, and in other ways. By sponsoring one of our events you will help us make each event special and more meaningful to our veterans. In return for sponsoring one of our events we will make it known that you support our La Plata County veterans. 

VFW Post 4031 On Line Store

VFW 4031 Swag Store

Our VFW Blue Hoodies and VFW Long Sleeve Shirts are on Sale!  The VFW Post 4031 is currently offering VFW Branded Hats in various colors, Blue and Red Mens and Women's Polos, Long Sleeve VFW Red Shirts, and VFW Blue Hoodies. These offerings are offered at a discount from ordering from the VFW Store. These offerings are also available at the Post Canteen. You can pay by credit card on the linked page. Get some now!


    Updated December 4th, 2023
These Are The Latest Things Happening at the Post

 The December Calendar is up to date. Click here to go to the Calendar.
Here is VFW Post 4031's Gifting Christmas Tree
The VFW Post 4031 Gifting Christmas Tree offers everyone the opportunity to give to VFW Post 4031, sponsor a US Flag, or buy VFW Post 4031 RED Shirts. Click the thumbnail below to see a larger version of the Christmas Tree. 


I Want to Sponsor a US Flag for Downtown Durango
 VFW Post 4031 maintains 56 US Flags which are designed to be displayed along Historic Main Avenue on Patriotic Holidays including Memorial Day, the 4th of July, and Veterans Day. Our Flags are 40 years old and ready to  be retired. Help us replace them by Sponsoring a US Flag. Click here to go to our Sponsorship Page and pay by credit card. You can also scan the QR code below to pay by credit card. Here are the Flyer, the Flag Sponsorship Order Form and the QR. Click on the thumbnails to see documents and be able to print from them. A list of our US Flag Sponsors is contained on the Flag Sponsorship Page. 

Flag Sponsorship Flyer
Flag Sponsorship Order From

Pay by Credit Card for a Flag Sponsorship

The VFW National and VFW Post 4031 Bylaws are posted in the Members Only area of the website. To see the bylaws navigate to the Log In heading of the website. Click on Members Only. Your user name is your VFW membership number and your password is your last name, first letter capitalized only, with no hyphens or spaces. If you have trouble logging in, contact the webmaster. Webmaster E-Mail.

On Line Store News: The VFW Post 4031 On-Line Store is now offering both short sleeve and long sleeve RED Shirt Friday Shirts. See the promotion banner above. We have a large number of both men's and ladies' shirts now with more coming soon. Join all those who have purchased their RED Shirts and Support Our Troops. Wear your RED Shirt proudly. You can order using this website's On-Line Store or by downloading, filling out, and submitting a Red Shirt order Form. Orders are being accepted now. Click on the thumbnail below to see the Red Shirt Flyer.

 RED Shirt Flyer

Click on the thumbnail below to download one of the VFW Post 4031 Red Shirt Order Forms.


Attention Vietnam Veterans, Families and Friends
 The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF) has a website (VVMF.org) that offers several educational opportunities for Vietnam Veterans, their families, friends, or anyone interested in learning more at the Vietnam War and the sacrifices our servicemen gave during that conflict. The VVMF website has three items that might of of interest to our Vietnam Vets. The first is called the Wall of Faces. The Wall of Faces provides a picture of everyone on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, aka the Vietnam Wall. Clicking of the picture brings up a biography, posts from people, and allows you to add comments and stories. The second is call the In Memory Program. The In Memory Program recognizes those Vietnam Vets who have died since the war ended, and as a result of their service. Families can submit names of their loved ones for the In Memory Program. The third is called the Wall That Heals. The Wall That Heals is a traveling version the Vietnam Veterans Memorial which visits various cities throughout the US. The VVMF website provides a schedule of when and where the Wall That Heal will visit. For more information please go to the VFW Post 4031 VVMF website page.

The VFW Colorado Departmental quarterly newsletters are available under our News Heading.  you can see the latest Departmental Newsletter by clicking the following link. November 2023 Departmental Newsletter.

VFW Post 4031 has added a Suggestion Box to our website. We welcome your suggestions on how to improve your Post. You can find the suggestion box on the News  top menu and then scroll down.  We will use these suggestions to improve our ability to better serve our La Plata County Veterans. You can also click on the icon below to go to the Suggestion Box.

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. Color Guard/Honor Guard Members
  2. Members of the Public Relations Committee
  3. 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 2022 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 three years
Dalton Ranch Golf Club
Star Liquors
Durango Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad
Sponsors who have sponsored us two years.
Wells Group
Serious Texas BBQ
A & L Coors
La Plata County Republicans
New Sponsors
Site Development Solutions
     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 December 17th  between 9:00 AM and 11:00AM. Great food and the public is welcome. For more information about our Veterans Relief Program and to see a flyer for how to sponsor a breakfast click the link here. Here is a link to our Veterans Benefit Breakfast Page. Click on the thumbnail below to see a large version of the Veterans Benefit Breakfast Flyer.


 The next Veterans Relief Committee Monthly Meeting will be held on Monday December 11th at 5:30 PM.

 Veterans Relief Committee News
The Veterans Relief Committee has disbursed more than $20,000.00 in 2022 and more than $2,500.00 in 2023 to help needy La Plata County veterans.  For more information about Veterans Relief click here.

Future Planned Events
Veterans Relief Committee events in the upcoming months include the following. The Veterans Relief Committee along with the Elks Lodge 507 and American Legion Post 28 are hosting several events in the coming months including a Veteran Benefit Holiday Dinner on December 9th, A Pasta Night on December 16th, and a Breakfast With Santa. Remember the VRC always holds a Veterans Benefit Breakfast on the first and third Sundays of each month. Click on the thumbnails below to see a full size flyer. 



The next Public Relations Committee Monthly Meeting will be held December 19th at 1:00PM. The PRC meeting will normally be held on the 3rd Tuesday of each month. 

Public Relations Committee News
The PRC is planning a number of events in the coming months including a continuous Red Shirt Friday Shirt On-Line Store sale, and publishing a Joint Post and Auxiliary Newsletter approximately January 1st, 2024 (time flies!).  The deadline for submissions to the Newsletter are due December 22nd. As always the PRC welcomes all members to seek new members for the Post and the Auxiliary. Ask Jeff Punches how you can help. Contact Jeff at (503) 961-3201.

The Post 4031 final October 2023 Post Meeting Minutes and previous months minutes as well as the draft November 2023 Post 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.

Sponsor - Dalton Ranch Golf Club

Dalton Ranch is a three year sponsor of VFW Post 4031. We thank them for the continuing support of our local veterans and their families.
Dalton Ranch Golf Club is the premier Golf Course in La Plata County. The Club offers 18 holes in the beautiful Animas Valley.

The Dalton Ranch Golf Club also has the Alce Restaurant which offers an excellent dining experience and the finest restaurant view in the County.

News & Events

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Membership Details

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

VFW Post Announces Youth Scholarship Winners

At the Veterans Benefit Breakfast held on December 3rd, VFW Post 4031 awarded checks to this year's Youth Scholarship Winners.

VFW Post 4031 Offers US Flag Sponsorships For Downtown.

VFW Post 4031 is replacing the Flags that are used downtown to celebrate Patriotic Holidays. We need your donations to replace all the 56 Flag.

National News

Important info from National VFW

Thankful for the Life We Live

WASHINGTON - 'What are you thankful for?' is a common question this time of year. While most would prefer to get straight to the t...

Celebrating Those Who Have Worn the Nation's Uniform

WASHINGTON - For the members the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), as well as the millions of others who have worn the cloth of our ...


 Updated November 15th, 2023
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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Join us as brothers and sisters of America to preserve the rights of veterans and support each other as only those who share in the camaraderie forged by conflict can. 


Our programs support our service members while they are on the front line, as they are being discharged and long after they return. Your tax-deductible donation will be immediately directed to the VFW programs where your support is most urgently needed.