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MOC Hellgate Nits Pup Tent 25

MOC Hellgate Nits Pup Tent 25

The Military Order of the Cooties is the Honor Degree from the Veterans of Foreign Wars. The Cooties originated around the time of the Spanish American War and the Imperial order of the Dragon. After WWI the “Cooties” have to be members in good standing of the VFW who have displayed a willingness to work hard for the parent organization. They have an offbeat humor and apply that to their problem solving and the services that they deliver.

The MOC have taken on several special projects since their founding:

  • Visits to hospitalized veterans and residents and entertain them to "Keep
    'em Smiling in Beds of White"
  • Support of the VFW National Home
  • Support to the Columbia Falls Veterans Home and the VA Hospital at Fort Harrison


Reflective of the sense of humor of this service organization, the Cooties take their name from the lice that were found in many of the battle encampments during world war 1. Today there are 37,000 cooties organized into 1,000 units which they call ” Pup Tents”.

The official brightly-colored uniform of the VFW’s Military Order of the Cootie is comprised red pants with a white stripe running down each side, ruffled white shirt, laced trimmed red vest emblazoned on the back with a gold-outlined, bug-like creature with flashing light bulb eyes; red over seas style hat worn side ways so that the tassels dangle beside the wearer’s ears.