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 - Kroegers

Kroegers Ace Hardware is our newest sponsor. Kroegers made VFW Post 4031 their Roundup Recipient for the Fourth of July holiday.
 
On September 1, 2021, Kroegers Ace Hardware joined the Colorado Helpful Place family of 8 locally owned + operated hardware stores across the Colorado front range, Gunnison Valley and Farmington, NM. Kroegers Ace Hardware is long-standing staple of Durango, Colorado. Proudly serving the Four Corners region since 1921! For over 30 years, Kroegers represented the community under the impeccable direction of Joel Krueger and Family. Since changing hands in September 2021, Kroegers is now the 7th store in an 8-store chain owned by Colorado brothers Nick & Kirby Kuklenski. "Kroegers is an institution and we're honored to be a part of its incredible history." -Nick Kuklenski At Kroegers, we strive to meet all our guests' needs. We are 100% committed to the community and upholding the integrity of Kroegers Ace Hardware. We pride ourselves on being "The Helpful Place" by offering knowledgeable advice, helpful service and quality products. Visit www.coloradohelpfulplace.com for more info!


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.

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.

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 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).

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.

Announcements

    Updated April 19th, 2024
 
These Are The Latest Things Happening as the Post

 
 The updated April Calendar is available. Click here to go to the Calendar.

 
 
The VFW Post 4031 Post and Auxiliary Joint Newsletter is Available Now.
 Here is the April 2024 Joint VFW Post 4031 and Auxiliary Newsletter. This newsletter is published quarterly. The next newsletter will be published approximately July 1st. The deadline for submissions will be June 24th, 2024. All submissions that would be of interest to all our members will be considered and subject to editing.
 
Click on the links below to see the Newsletter. The link for a smaller version of the newsletter is for those who have slower internet speeds. If you have trouble getting the newsletter contact us at webmaster@vfw4031.org.
 
 
 

 
Voice of Democracy and Patriots Pen Subjects Announced.
The VFW Youth Scholarship Themes for 2024 - 2025  year have been announced. The subject for the Voice of Democracy is "Is America Today Our Forefathers’ Vision?” and the subject for the Patriot's Pen is "My Voice in America’s Democracy?”.  Here is the link to the Voice of Democracy Website Page. Voice of Democracy. Here is the link to the Patriot's Pen website page. Patriot's Pen. Click on the appropriate thumbnail below to see the full sized Youth Scholarship application.
 

   



 

Art Classes Taught By Deborah Kelly
There will be a series of Art Classes taught by Deborah Kelroy, BA Studio Art FLC,  Saturdays, 11 am to 6 pm, starting April 6th to May 11th. The classes require no drawing skills, no prior painting experience, uses no patterns or tracing, and allows even the complete beginner to finish a fantastic painting on their very first session! Step-by-step skies, clouds, mountains, snow, sunsets, waterfalls, rocks, evergreen trees, deciduous trees, bushes, grass, flying birds, lakes, cabins—EVERYTHING a landscape artist needs to know how to paint! Grants are available for Veterans and family members of Veterans (no application or qualifying necessary—just ask!), all materials/supplies provided. Culminates in two art show/exhibits at the VFW (Sunday, May 19th Veteran's Breakfast 9-11 am, and Memorial Day Ceremonies Open House, Monday, May 27th, 1 pm to 3 pm) for students, as well as an Artist's Reception open to the public on Thursday, June 6th, 6 pm at the Durango Public Library where student paintings will be on display for the months of June and July. Click on the thumbnail below to see a full sized version of the flyer.
 

 


 
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
 
 
Iron Horse Bicycle Classic Veterans Memorial Celebration
Every year there is a race between the Durango Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and bicycles. At the same time the DSNGR sponsors a free veterans train ride to Silverton followed by a free lunch and return to Durango. Seating is limited so apply early. Below is a thumbnail of both the flyer and the application for the ride. Click on the thumbnails to see a full sized version of the flyer and the PDF of the application form.
 
 
   



 
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.

   
 
 
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
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 first ran an Advertising and Sponsorship Drive. As a result of that drive and following years, 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
A&L Coors
Sponsors who have sponsored us two years.
Wells Group
Serious Texas BBQ
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 April 21st  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 May 20th 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 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.

 

 
Public Relations Committee
The next Public Relations Committee Monthly Meeting will be held May 13th 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 July 1st, 2024 (time flies!). 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 March 2024 Post Meeting Minutes and previous months minutes as well as the Draft April 2024 Post Minutes are available for reading on the Members Only page. Additionally all the Public Relations Committee minutes are always available for reading. The Events Committee Minutes are now on the Members Only Page. 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

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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 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 Honors the Nation's Gulf War Veterans

WASHINGTON - More than three decades later, the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) continues to pay tribute to the nearly 700,000 mili...

Country Music Superstar Joins VFW in Asking America to 'Return the Favor'

Kansas City, Mo. - The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) alongside John Rich and his Redneck Riviera brand announced today a new oppo...

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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