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.

Sponsor - Durango Silverton Train

The Durango Silverton train is America's number one historic train. The Durango Train loves veterans and is proud to sponsor VFW Post 4031's Web Site.

Train History 

Durango was founded by the Denver & Rio Grande Railway in 1880. The railroad arrived in Durango on August 5, 1881 and construction on the line to Silverton began in the fall of the same year.

Durango was founded by the Denver & Rio Grande Railway in 1880. The railroad arrived in Durango on August 5, 1881 and construction on the line to Silverton began in the fall of the same year. By July of 1882, the tracks to Silverton were completed and the train began hauling both passengers and freight.

From the very beginning, the railroad was promoted as a scenic route for passenger service although the line was constructed primarily to haul mine ores, both gold and silver, from the San Juan Mountains. It is estimated over $300 million in precious metals has been transported over this route.

By 1885 the population of Silverton had grown to 1100 and Otto Mears completed the toll road to Ouray and additional narrow gauge track out of Silverton was laid down in 1887. In 1893, 10 large mines in the Silverton district were forced to close when silver prices dropped from $1.05/oz to $.63/oz. Just three years later the Yankee Girl and Guston Mines played out. In Durango, the fire of 1889 virtually destroyed downtown and the first automobile arrived by train in 1902. By 1906, Mesa Verde was designated a National Park, increasing the potential for tourism promotions.

Throughout the next twenty years the railroad faced many challenges; slides, floods, snow, war and financial instability. When the US Government entered WW I, it assumed operation of the railroad. Shortly after resuming control of railroad operations, the D&RGW reorganized due to financial difficulties. Silverton suffered devastating effects from the Spanish Flu Epidemic of 1918 – 10 percent of the population died in just six weeks! In addition, the Gold King Mine closed, the Sunnyside Mine temporarily ceased operations for almost ten years and the Silverton Railroad closed.

With the advent of WW II, the US Government requisitioned narrow gauge equipment to use in Alaska and the smelter in Durango reopened to process uranium for use in the war. The smelter continued to process uranium instead of silver into the late 1940’s due to the Cold War. By 1947 the Silverton branch was in danger of being abandoned. A determined staff stepped in and helped to promote tourism keeping the line alive. Then Hollywood discovered Durango and the railroad. Over the next ten years several movies were filmed in the area showcasing the train: Ticket to Tomahawk, Across the Wide Missouri, Denver & Rio Grande, Viva Zapata and Around the World in 80 Days.

During the latter part of the 1960s, the Durango-Silverton was registered as a National Historic Landmark and was awarded as a National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark. In 1969 the D&RGW abandoned the tracks south of Durango isolating the line and leaving the future of the line in question. Hollywood continued its fascination with the area and the railroad with the filming of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. As the railroad prepared to celebrate its 100th birthday, Charles E. Bradshaw, Jr. purchased the Silverton branch and with the restoration process complete, engine #481 returned to service after 20 years in retirement.

Throughout the 1980s, the D&SNGRR continued to build on the scenic tourist railroad industry. Engines and coaches began to be weatherized for winter use; a third train to Silverton was added to the schedule along with an alternative fourth train to Cascade Canyon Wye; major track reconstruction occurred as nearly ten thousand ties were replaced. Locomotives #497 and #480 were restored and returned to service, the #497 being the only K-37 to run on the line and the innovative RailCamp was built for use in the summer. In 1985 the D&SNGRR purchased the Silverton Depot, returning it to service. By 1986 there were four trains running to Silverton with a fifth running to Cascade Canyon Wye!

Today the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad continues to provide year-round train service, operating a historical train with rolling stock indigenous to the line. The locomotives used to pull today’s train remain 100% coal-fired, steam-operated. The locomotives are 1923-25 vintage and are maintained in original condition. The coaches each feature bathroom facilities and are heated during the winter months for passenger comfort. Open gondola cars provide a panoramic view of the mountains. Concessions are available on every train. The Durango & Silverton is owned and operated by American Heritage Railways.



Hall Rental

Rent One of Our Halls for Your Event

VFW Post 4031 offers rental of one or more of our facilities for your event. The link here will send you to our webpage describing our Hall Rental Opportunities and where you can also download our brochure.

Red Shirt Friday Shirts

Support Our Troops

VFW Post 4031 has available both Short Sleeve and Long Sleeve RED Shirts for purchase. These shirts are designed to help celebrate RED Shirt Fridays.  RED stands for Remember Everyone Deployed and is a way to Support Our Troops. Long Sleeve Shirts are available for Pre-order at a reduced price. You can buy by using our On-Line Store at VFW4031.org, by going to Magpies Newsstand and Cafe at 707 Main Avenue, or by contacting us at VFW Post 4031, 1550 Main Avenue, Durango, CO. 81301. Phone (970) 247-0384, email at webmaster@vfw4031.org or at VFW4031@bresnan.org.

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!

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.


These Are The Latest Things Happening at the Post

 The September Calendar is up to date. Click here to go to the Calendar.

The VFW Post 4031 Auxiliary is having an Auxiliary Appreciation Party! The party will be on Saturday October 7th between 6PM and 9PM. The party is for Auxiliary members and guests. There will be music, games, and Hors D'oeuvres. This will be a lot fun! Click on the thumbnail below to see a full size version of the flyer for the party.
Youth Scholarships, Voice of Democracy and Patriot's Pen
In April National VFW announced this year's themes for the two VFW Youth Scholarships, Voice of Democracy and Patriot's Pen. The theme for the Patriot's Pen is "How are you inspired by America" and is applicable to students in grades 6 - 8. The Theme for the Voice of Democracy is "What are the greatest attributes of our Democracy" and is applicable to students in grades 9 -12. The entries for these scholarships is October 31st. This year there are two ways to enter for these scholarships. The first is a paper entry form which contains information about how to enter and the due dates. The thumbnails below are the paper entry forms for the two scholarships. Click on the thumbnails below to see a full size form suitable for printing.

   Voice of Democracy Form

The Second way to enter the competition for these scholarships is by using the Scholars App. Click on the following link to go to the Scholars App website. Scholars App. The thumbnail below is the form for the VFW Post 4031 Scholars App page. Click on the thumbnail to go to the Full size page. Use your camera to scan the QR for the scholarship and go to the appropriate page which tells the student how to enter.
Voice of Democracy

Veterans Movie Nights 
VFW Post 4031 will hold a Veterans Movie Night every First and Third Saturdays at 6:00PM. The movies are free and refreshments are available. Click on the thumbnail below to see the Movie Night Flyer.

Coming in October - - NFL Sunday Football!! 

NFL Sunday Football will return to VFW Post 4031 starting Sunday October 1st. NFL Sunday Football at the Post will be held following each Veterans Benefit Breakfast starting at 12:00PM. The games will be shown between October and January. This year promises to be very special because in addition to the football there will be All Star Sports Trading Card exchanges, Fantasy Football, and more. Food will be available using Door Dash. Stay tuned for additional information. Text (970) 344-7642 for more information. Click on the thumbnail below to see a larger version of the flyer for NFL Sunday Football at the Post.

Football 2023
NEW On-Line Store Item!!!!
 The On-Line Store has ordered Long Sleeve RED Shirts just in time for cooler weather. The shirts have arrived and will be available in the canteen, On-Line and at Veterans Benefit Breakfasts. The price is $35.00. This is a great deal!! Click here to go to our On-Line Store to order your Long Sleeve RED Shirt.

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.


VFW Mesh Back Trucker Hats are in!!!
We have Dark Blue and Red Mesh Back Hats in stock. They are available at the Post canteen. They are also available in the VFW Post 4031 Post On-Line Store. Buy soon because there are only a few of each color of Hat. These hats are offered at $27.00 each. These hats are great in hot weather and still comfortable year round.

 VFW Brown Hats Are Back in Stock
 VFW Post 4031 received a new shipment of Brown Canvas Hats. These are the hottest sellers on our On-Line Store. Get your VFW Brown Hat now by clicking on the hat icon below.


The VFW Branded Blue Hoodies and the VFW Branded Red Long Sleeve Shirts are on sale. See the promotion banner above. We are almost sold out of these items and this is a 20% off clearance sale. Click on the Store Icon below to go to the On-Line Store.

The VFW Colorado Departmental quarterly newsletters are available under our News Heading.  you can see the latest Departmental Newsletter by clicking the following link. August 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. The Post needs someone to help with the Voice of Democracy and Patriot’s Pen Programs.
  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 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

     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 September 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 August 21st 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 Veterans Benefit Breakfast on the first and third Sundays of each month, a Car Giveaway on October 1st and a Fish Fry on October 21st. Click on the thumbnails below to see the flyers for the events and the entry form for the car giveaway.

  Car Give Away Form 

The next Public Relations Committee Monthly Meeting will be held September 26th at 1:00PM. This is not the normal date because of travel conflicts. 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 October 1st.  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 August 2023 Post Meeting Minutes and previous months minutes as well as the September 2023 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.

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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 4031 On-Line Store News

The VFW Post 4031 Store has obtained Long Sleeve RED Shirts just in time for autumn cooler weather. The Store also has more Brown Canvas Hats and Red and Blue Mesh Back trucker's Style Hats. Get yours now.

VFW Post 4031 and Auxiliary Install New Officers

At the Post Meeting held on June 14th, VFW Post 4031 installed new officers. At the VFW 4031 Auxiliary meeting held on June 18th, new officers were installed.

National News

Important info from National VFW

VFW Calls on Sen. Tommy Tuberville to Lift Hold on Military Promotions


3M Lawsuit Ends in Victory for Veterans

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 Updated June 2nd, 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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