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.




 Updated November 29th , 2022
These Are The Latest Things Happening Around the Post 

 VFW Post 4031's On Line Store is open for business.
The store has a variety of VFW Branded Hats as depicted below. Click on the picture of the hat that you want to buy to see more information. 

Brown Canvas VFW Logo Hat. Sold Out,
More Coming Soon!
Black VFW Logo Hat, $25.00
Green VFW Logo Hat, $25.00
Red VFW Logo Hat, $25.00
Black New VFW Logo Hat, $25.00
NEW! The store has just received the Men's and Lady's Polos, the Long Sleeve VFW Branded Red Shirt, and the VFW Branded Navy Blue Hoodie as depicted below.
Click on the picture of the Polo that you want to buy to see more information. 

Blue Men's or Ladies' Polo with
VFW Logo and Post Information.
$31.00 to $34.00
Red Men's or Ladies' Polo with
VFW Logo and Post Information.
$31.00 to $34.00
Long Sleeve VFW Branded Red Shirt.
$35.00 to $45.00.
Navy Blue VFW
Branded Hoodie.
$35.00 to $45.00.

 Veterans Relief Committee Store Items. 
Click on the picture of the item that you want to buy to see more information.  

Nice First Responders Hat.
2022 Veterans Float T-shirt. 
$15.00 - $20.00
2022 Veterans Run Black Bandana


The Find the Turkey Hall of Fame
  1.  Our Esteemed Quartermaster, Meg Vanasse.

November is Membership Drive Month at VFW Post 4031. We would like every member to recruit one more member. You probably know a veteran who is eligible to join. Talk to them and convince them that membership is about supporting veterans in our county. We need new members to keep our Post strong and vibrant. Click here to see the VFW Post 4031 Membership formCOME ON MEMBERS GO OUT THERE AND RECRUIT!! In addition to recruiting new members VFW Post 4031 is conducting a Life Membership Legacy Challenge. Post Life members can upgrade their membership to Legacy status. Legacy Life membership provides lasting funding to our Post and provides you with additional VFW benefits. Click here to see the Legacy Life Brochure. Lifers UPGRADE NOW!
November is Veterans Month 
Here is a list of Veterans Month Events that are known at this time:
  1. November is Membership Drive Month. Everyone recruit one member.
  2. November is also Legacy Challenge Month. Life members upgrade your membership to Legacy Life! We have four so far!!
The District 12 VFW Meeting will be held at VFW Post 4031 on December 3rd starting at 11:00AM. Any Post or Auxiliary member is welcome to attend. Lunch will be served. 
The Post will be holding a Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day Dinner and Concert on December 7th from 5:30PM until 9:00PM. The music will be provided by the Durango Brass Band. Food will be catered by Distinct Dining. A cash bar will be available in the Canteen. Click the thumbnail of the flyer to see a larger version.

VFW Post 4031 is hosting an Army-Navy Game Party on December 10th from 1:00PM until 4:00PM in the VFW Post Downstairs Hall. Doors open at 5:30. Food will be provided by Texas Ty's BBQ. A cash bar will be available. Click on the flyer thumbnail below to see a larger version of the flyer. Go Navy!!
The Blue Star mothers are doing their Annual Wreaths Across America Drive. The ceremony and wreath laying is on December 17th starting at 11AM. Here is a link to the local Blue Star Mothers website where you can purchase wreaths and find out more information about the Wreaths Across America Program.

The Veterans Relief Committee is holding a Veterans Benefit Holiday Dinner on Saturday December 17th. Dinner is served from 3-6PM at the VFW Post 4031. Use the Lower Hall Entrance. $15.00 per plate and free for veterans. Click here to see the flyer for the event. You can also click on the flyer thumbnail below.

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 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
Serious Texas BBQ

     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 4th between 9:00 AM and 11:00AM.  Breakfast is $7.00 for veterans and $8 for non veterans. This breakfast will feature the presentation of the Post's Patriot's Pen and Voice of Democracy Scholarship awards to our Post’s winners. Donations are also appreciated. 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 December 19th at 5:30 PM.

 Veterans Relief Committee News
The Veterans Relief Committee has disbursed more than $20,000.00 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 . For more information about Veterans Relief click here.

Future Planned Events
Veterans Relief Committee events in the upcoming months include a Holiday Dinner on Saturday December 17th from 3 - 6 PM. Click here to see the flyer. You can also click on flyer thumbnail below to see the flyer.

The next Public Relations Committee Monthly Meeting will be held December 20th at 1:00PM. The PRC meeting is now 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 the Patriot's Pen and Voice of Democracy awards ceremony on December 4th at the Veterans Benefit Breakfast,  a Membership and Legacy Challenge Drive in November, and an Army Navy Game Party on December 10th. Click on the Flyer thumbnail below to see a larger version of the flyer. 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 October Post Meeting Minutes and previous months as well as the November 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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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

'Thanks for the Heroes Among Us'

WASHINGTON - As we prepare for the Thanksgiving holiday, I would like all of us to reflect with thankfulness in our hearts on the ...

VFW, BMBFC Law Collaborate to assist with Camp Lejeune Claims

WASHINGTON - The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) is today announcing an agreement in which it is entrusting the experienced environ...


 Updated November 25th, 2022
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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