The Military Order of the Cootie is a non-profit Veterans Service Organization. Known as the "Honor Degree of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States”, members are comprised of the officers and leadership of the VFW. Members in the M.O.C. is recognition of outstanding service to the VFW and its programs.
The M.O.C. is an organization within an organization. Much like the Rangers are all part of the Army, the Cooties are a part of the VFW. It is a distinction reserved for "active" members of the VFW; those who have succeeded as and officer on any level, or who have demonstrated ability as a leader of a major Post committee or function. These Comrades-in-arms have a special place reserved for them in the M.O.C.; a place of recognition for efforts made by those who want to make a difference in the world around them.
In addition to the important work of the VFW, Cooties take on the added responsibility of support for the kids a the VFW National Home for Children in Eaton Rapids, Michigan. In the spirit of taking care of our own, we follow our self-appointed directive to "Keep 'em Smilin' in the Beds of White," and support the hospitalized Veterans in VA Medical Facilities, domicilliaries, and the hospitals around the United States and throughout the world. These efforts earned the M.O.C. the title of "The Honor Degree of the Veterans of Foreign Wars", a title that held precious and taken seriously.
The prime directive of the M.O.C. is to Have Fun. It is the Preamble of our Supreme By-Laws. It is the glue that holds the organization together and makes it special. It is what helps the Cooties hang on and give that last push to get over the top for a program when things get tough. The Cooties' hat, uniform, and even name is designed to bring a smile to those who come in contract with the order. As the hero, The Great Blue Louse instructs the order that, "A smile is the one thing that you can give that you will always get back", and Cooties strive to bring humor to their efforts, to fellow Veterans, and to those less fortunate.