What are the Cooties?

The Military Order of the Cootie, is the Honor Degree of the VFW. They were founded in 1920 to promote social and reunion features among the members of the order, and to keep alive the spirit of optimism and humor, so characteristic of the American servicemen and women. Today, its objectives of clean fun, harmless frolic, and good comradeship are the hallmarks of the Cooties.

But we're not all fun and frolic! We have a serious side too.

The Cootie's slogan of "Keep'Em Smilin' in Beds of White" refers to bringing cheer to the hospitalized veterans, whether in VA Medical Centers, community hospitals or nursing homes. Often the Cooties visit as a Clown or other costumed character, designed to put a smile on the faces of our veterans.


Only active members of the VFW and Auxiliary shall be eligible for the MOC and MOCA.