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 - Southwest Community Foundation


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The Community Foundation is unlike other nonprofits that focus on specific areas of interest, such as health care, disaster relief and the arts, or specific causes such as poverty, heart disease and classical music.

The Community Foundation looks to the well-being of the total community, not just a part of it.

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!

Red Shirt Friday Shirts

Support Our Troops

VFW Post 4031 has procured Red Shirts to help celebrate Red Shirt Fridays. RED stands for Remember Everyone Deployed and is a way to Support Our Troops. You can buy by using our On-Line Store at VFW4031.org, 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 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 supporters of 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. 


 Updated May 29th, 2023

These Are The Latest Things Happening Around the Post 
On Line Store News: The VFW Post 4031 On-Line Store is now offering 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. Be one of the first to purchase one of these shirts. 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.

Click on the thumbnail below to download the VFW Post 4031 Red Shirt Order Form.
One of our favorite three year sponsors, Star Liquors, shows off their Red Shirts while demonstrating their continuing support for our troops deployed worldwide, as well as, La Plata County veterans during Memorial Day. You can get your Red Shirts to join them in celebrating Red Shirt Fridays at our On-Line Store. Thank you Star...you all are our stars!


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.
 May is Membership Month
We welcome any of our military brothers and sisters to join us in our continuing quest to help our fellow veterans. Join VFW Post 4031 and earn all the benefits of being a member of the VFW and our Post. Joining VFW Post 4031 keeps us growing and healthy. For more information click on the Join Icon Below.
To download the VFW Post 4031 Membership application click on this link. VFW Post 4031 Membership Application.

Please Remember to Renew Your Membership 
We miss our expired members!! If your membership has expired or is about to expire please renew your membership at VFW Post 4031. You can renew your membership by going to our Membership Page by clicking on the Renew Membership button below. 
and then follow the instructions contained there.  Then send a check for $45.00 to Quartermaster VFW Post 4031, 1550 Main Avenue, Durango, CO., come into the Post and paying in person, or pay by credit card by clicking the icon below. You can pay using a credit card by clicking on the button below.

If you are a member of the VFW at-large or another Post and you would like to transfer to our Post we will welcome you with open arms. For more information click on the icon below.
To download the VFW Post 4031 Transfer Form click on the following link. VFW Post 4031 Transfer Form.
Become a Legacy Life Member.
If you are already a Life Member, we encourage to upgrade your Membership to Legacy Life Status. Legacy Life is a way you can leave a Legacy to the VFW and to our Post. Yes, it costs a little bit more money but when you do, a Payment in your behalf is made to National, Department, and Post 4031 annually. There are three levels of Legacy Life Membership. For more information click on the icon below.
To download the Legacy Life Membership Brochure click on the following link. Download the Legacy Life Brochure.

Former La Plata County Veteran Service Officer Richard Schleeter recently passed away after a lengthy illness.  We don't have any details yet about services, but will let you know when we hear.  He was active in the VFW, the American Legion and the DAV and helped many of our local veterans and families.  He will be sorely missed. He will be honored at the Post and on the TAPS page of this website.

You can now make a donation to VFW Post 4031 to sponsor one of our key events. Your generous donation will make one or more of our events more special and meaningful to our La Plata County veterans and the community at large. The next VFW Post 4031 event is our Fourth of July Celebration. 

Sponsor an event now by clicking on the Sponsorship button below.

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 manage the Voice of Democracy and Patriot’s Pen Programs.
  2. Color Guard/Honor Guard Members
  3. Members of the Public Relations Committee
  4. Help with our Annual Memorial Day Events
  5. 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
Sponsors who have sponsored us two years.
Durango Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad
Wells Group
Serious Texas BBQ
A & L Coors
New Sponsors
DK Mortgage Norm Phillips Team
Durango Harley Davidson
La Plata County Republicans
Southwest Colorado Community Foundation
Mr. Craig Fairchild

     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 June 4th between 9:00 AM and 11:00AM.  Great food and the public is welcome. 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 June 19th at 5:30 PM.

 Veterans Relief Committee News
The Veterans Relief Committee has disbursed more than $20,000.00 in 2022 and more than $1,000.00 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 the Annual Veterans River Float on June 25th. To go to the Veterans Relief Page click this link. 

The next Public Relations Committee Monthly Meeting will be held June 20th 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 Red Shirt Friday Shirt On-Line Store sale, Membership Drive in May, a Legacy Life Membership Drive in May, and a Sponsorship Drive in June.  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 April 2023 Post Meeting Minutes and previous months minutes. The May 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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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

The Department Of Veterans Affairs is Offering a New Life Insurance Program

VA’s newest life insurance program, Veterans Affairs Life Insurance (VALife) is available now and increases access to life insurance for more service-connected Veterans than ever before.

Veterans to Get Free Emergency Care During Suicidal Mental Health Crises

Starting Tuesday, January 17th, veterans experiencing an emergency suicidal crisis will be eligible for no-cost care, including inpatient treatment, at any Department of Veterans Affairs facility or non-VA hospital, regardless of whether they are enrolled with the VA.

National News

Important info from National VFW

VFW Commemorates Memorial Day

WASHINGTON - This Memorial Day, the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) joins a grateful nation in honoring and remembering the soldier...

VFW Commemorates Armed Forces Day

WASHINGTON - Tomorrow is Armed Forces Day, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) joins a grateful nation in paying tribute to the...


 Updated February 27th, 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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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.