The Military Order of the Cootie of the United States is a non-profit Veterans Service Organization. We are known as “The Honor Degree of the VFW” and our members are comprised of the officers and leadership of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States. Membership in the MOC is recognition of outstanding service to the VFW and its programs.

Founded in New York City on September 17, 1920, the MOC is based on the principals of good humor and fun. Over the past ninety years, the Cooties have provided social and entertainment programs to members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. as an Ancillary unit within the organization. Since 1923, our first year as a part of the VFW, the Cooties have worked hard to further the aims of the VFW while adding to it the frivolity known as Military Humor to the serious work of our parent organization. What would ultimately become known as the VFW National Home for Children, a sprawling campus of homes located in Eaton Rapids, Michigan, started out as the brainchild of the MOC. We firmly believe in caring for the widows and children of our Armed Forces. Literally millions of dollars have been raised and donated to help “our kids” over our history; starting with the library, the swimming pool, the Fire Department, and a host of other projects designed to make life fun and educational for the children during their stay at the National Home.

With the outbreak of World War Two, the Cooties recognized a need to entertain hospitalized troops and veterans during their confinement and rehabilitation at Veterans Administration facilities throughout the country. Our service program is described as a directive to “Keep ’em Smiling in Beds of White.” Each year the Cooties volunteer thousands of hours of time worth over ten million dollars to DVA Hospitals and domiciliaries throughout the United States. This work, in addition to the hours of service donated as active members of the VFW, set the members of the MOC apart as Foreign Service and Combat Veterans who are fully engaged in their communities, and their fellow comrades in arms and their families. Our distinctive red hat and unusual uniform sets us apart and draws attention to the plight of those less fortunate than ourselves. We sacrifice a little of ourselves to bring a smile or a laugh during what is normally a difficult time for our heroes. We seek others like us to join and help us help them in their times of stress and anxiety.

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  1. This could seem to be a negative comment to some……..however on 01/03/2013, I spoke with Jason (Supreme Adjutant) on the telephone. My only question was in reference to a fellow Cootie that had lost his Life Membership Card and was NOT getting any help from his own Pup Tent (#80 Ohio) to obtain a replacement. I had already determined that the fellow & BROTHER Cootie was a LIFE member through my Grand CCDB and I had his Life Member number (ONLY FOUR (4) DIGITS) from WAY BACK in the mid 1970’s. I gave the info to Jason (Supreme Adjutant) over the telephone and was informed that a $6.00 replacement card fee was required. Since the Cootie that needed a new card lives about 45 miles from me and my car gets 20 MPG……..with the price of gasoline I saw no need OR reason to get $6.00 from him……so I sent my own $6.00 check to Supreme Headquarters. The USPS mail delivery time from Columbus Ohio to Pittsburgh Pennsylvania is on average 2 damn days………..not a problem in itself. The problem is that Jason (Supreme Adjutant) said that the turn around time is the same day……….he makes the new card and sends it out the same day as the request is received. My check should have gotten to Supreme Headquarters on January 5th, 2013..a Saturday but I understand they close on weekends, however it would have been there for all to see on Monday the 7th…….. The Cootie requesting a new/replacement is in his mid to late 80’s in years of age and has had mail delivery problems………..I requested that the new card be sent to me in order that I would be sure he received it when I gave it to him. What the hell is going on in Supreme Headquarters that it takes almost 3 weeks to do something that should have been done in one (1) day???????

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