Updated April 9th, 2024
 The Veterans Relief Committee Mission Statement

Our committee's goal is to help local veterans and their families with financial or service needs   unexpected expenses arise. We can often provide assistance which government veteran support agencies cannot. We want local veterans to feel comfortable in requesting help from us when they are in need. 

The Veterans Relief program is a local collaboration between VFW Post 4031, the Durango Elks Lodge 507 and the Durango American Legion Post 28, focused on supporting veterans and their families. E-mail address is
The Veterans Relief Program is an important aspect of how VFW Post 4031 assists veterans and their families that are in need.

The purpose of the Veterans relief fund is to help Veterans and their families in immediate need of monetary donations for unforeseen expenses or emergencies. Veterans helped are local and referred to us by members of the community or by reaching out to us directly.

Relief is provided by directly making a payment to the business or service a Veteran may be in debt to or by providing the necessary items the Veteran and their family need. The assistance we provide is paired with other resources and mentorship to get them back on track and all recipients are vetted to ensure the authenticity and validity of the situation.

Your donation can make a big difference in the life of a Veteran and their family, every penny donated or raised goes directly to helping a Veteran in need and donations are tax deductible. We are an all volunteer non-profit organization, our members volunteer their time to help Veterans and their families. Be the helping hand and donate today! Click the Donate Button below to go to the Donations Page and then designate your donation as going to the Veterans Relief Fund. Help a needy vet!!


How to Apply for Assistance 

 Application Requirements:

1. Be a Colorado resident

2. Attach your DD214 or other supporting documentation with "other than dishonorable discharge"

3. Attached estimate/receipt for service or items--we pay individual businesses; we don't give cash

*Applications are available at, the VFW Post 4031, Durango Elks Lodge,& American Legion Post 28

Examples of Our Assistance:

annual transit pass -- $30 for veterans

vehicle registration

vehicle repair (Durango Automotive Repair)--tires, brakes, etc.

utilities (LPEA, propane, etc.)

rent, security deposit, motel stays

work shoes, clothing, winter boots, coat

eye exam, prescription glasses, doctor or dentist copay

bike repair

debt consolidation

education costs (scholarships, training, certification, testing)

plumbing or home repair

We furnish the VOA Back Home Supportive Services for Veteran Families Program with fuel and grocery cards that they distribute at their discretion.


Click here access the Veterans Relief Application

Veterans Relief Committee Events
The following events are upcoming items sponsored by the Veterans Relief Committee. The Veterans Relief Committee holds a Veterans Benefit breakfast every first and third Sunday of each month. These breakfasts are held between 9:00AM and 11:00AM. Good food and great times. See the flyer below.
The VRC events are designed to generate funds to provide relief to needy veterans and their families.

 Veterans Benefit Breakfast
The Veterans Relief Committee would like to invite the community to the Veterans Benefit Breakfast every 1st and 3rd Sunday of every month at VFW Post 4031 from 9AM - 11AM. A small donation is accepted. If you would like to sponsor a breakfast please email D at Click on the thumbnail below to see our flyer about becoming a breakfast sponsor. All proceeds benefit the local veterans of La Plata County.
Breakfast Sponsorship

Breakfast Servers for the Veterans Benefit Breakfast held 2/22/2022.
 Erica, Helen and Marie 
Naughty Schoolgirls Ride Funds Delivery to VRC


Click the Donate Button Below to donate to the Veterans Relief Committee


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.