WELCOME TO VFW POST 4031

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 - A & L Coors



IN-COUNTRY

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.

Vietnam Veterans Dinner

Celebrating National Vietnam Veterans Day

March 29th is National Vietnam Veterans Day. Each year VFW Post 4031 holds a Dinner and Remembrance in celebration. All veterans and interested community members are welcome to attend. The Dinner is free, however donations are appreciated.

Donate to Vietnam Veterans Dinner

The Dinner is Funded By Donations

VFW Post 4031 will hold its 3rd Annual Vietnam Veterans Dinner on March 29th, 2024. The Dinner is funded by your generous donations. The Dinner is designed to be free, open to all veterans, and members of the community.

Wrangler Shirts Now On Sale

New Store Products

These are wonderful rodeo weight shirts that come in Men's and Women's sizes. These shirts come in both a white style and a red style. The shirts are true to size. This is a one time offer as these will not be replaced. The shirts are brand new and are being offered at 66% off retail price. This is a great offer.

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).

Announcements

    Updated February 22nd, 2024
 
These Are The Latest Things Happening as the Post

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


 
New Product! The VFW Store Now Has Wrangler Patriot Shirts For Sale. Buy Now! FREE SHIPPING!
The VFW Post 4031 Store has received a donation of lots of White Shirt and Red Shirt Wrangler Brand Patriot apparel. These are brand new heavy rodeo weight shirts that are available at more than one half of retail price. This is a one time really good deal and when these are sold there will be no more. The Men's Shirts feature conventional buttons while the Women's have snap fasteners. The proceeds from the sale of these offering will be split between the Store and our Honor Guard. Click on one of the photos below to go to the On-Line Store to purchase these shirts. We are offering FREE Shipping on these shirts. Click on the pictures below to go to the On-Line Store.

 
     
 Mens White Shirt, $20.00  Mens Red Shirt, $20.00  Womens White Shirt, $20.00  Womens Red Shirt, $20.00
 
 
Adaptive Sports is offering a Veterans Outdoor Program which offers skiing, cycling, kayaking, camping, and rafting. The available dates are February 18, March 2, and March 29th, Click on the thumbnail below to see a full size version of the flyer.
 
 


 
 
The Vietnam Veterans Dinner is March 29th, Donate Now.
 March 29th is National Vietnam Veterans Day and the 50th Anniversary of 1975. VFW Post 4031 will hold its 3rd Annual Vietnam Veterans Dinner on March 29th at 6:00PM. The dinner is open to all veterans and anyone interested in attending the celebration. All are welcome. VFW 4031 funds this dinner by donations from anyone interested in supporting this important event. Here is a link to the Vietnam Veterans Dinner Page for more information.  Vietnam Dinner Page. Click on the thumbnail below to see a full sized version of the Donation Flyer.
 


 
I Want to Sponsor a US Flag for Downtown Durango
VFW Post 4031 maintains a set of 56 US Flags and Flag Poles which are designed to be displayed along Historic Main Avenue on Patriotic Holidays including Memorial Day, the Fourth of July, and Veterans Day. Our flags are nearly 40 years old and ready to be retired. Help us replace them by sponsoring a US flag and pole. The images below show the flyer for the event, the Flag order form, and the QR to purchase a Flag.  Click on the thumbnails below to see the full size image. Click on the Sponsor a Flag link below to go to our sponsorship Page and pay by credit card. Sponsor a Flag.

 
 
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. There is also an article about this subject the National VFW #Still Serving Page. Here is a link to that page. #Still Serving.

 
The VFW Colorado Departmental quarterly newsletters are available under our News Heading.  You can see the latest Departmental Newsletter by clicking the following link. Colorado VFW February 2024 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
  4. Vietnam Dinner Help (set up, Dinner itself, kitchen help, and Take down)
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
The Southwest Community Foundation
New Sponsors
Kroegers
Site Development Solutions
The Strater
     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 February 3rd  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 March 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 VRC is doing a spring Car Giveaway at the Veterans Benefit Breakfast April 7th. Applications are due March 22nd. Remember the VRC always holds a Veterans Benefit Breakfast on the first and third Sundays of each month. Click on the thumbnail below to see the large version of the flyer for the breakfast. Click on the Car Giveaway flyer thumbnail below to see a larger version of the flyer. Scan the QR code to go to the on-line application page. Click on the thumbnail of the Car Giveaway Application to see a downloadable PDF application form.
 

     


 

 
The next Public Relations Committee Monthly Meeting will be held March 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, publishing a Joint Post and Auxiliary Newsletter approximately April 1st, 2024 (time flies!), and planning the Annual Vietnam Veterans Dinner to be held on March 29th.  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 January 2023 Post Meeting Minutes and previous months minutes as well as the draft February 2024 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.

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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.

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 4031 Has New Officers

VFW Post 4031 has a new set of interim officers. These officers will serve until elections are held and the newly elected officers are installed.

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.

National News

Important info from National VFW

VFW DAV and PVA Release Independent Budget Recommendations for the Department of Veterans Affairs

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Leading veterans service organizations, the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW),

VFW Action Alert: Claim Sharks Are Illegal

Claim Shark companies have made statements that they aren't breaking the law because they don't charge fees for "preparing" veterans' claims. Claim...

OUR MISSION

 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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