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The Military Order of the Cootie (MOC) is a national honor degree membership association under the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW). Founded in 1920, the MOC provides social and entertainment programs to members of the VFW, and supports hospitals for veterans and their families. It aims to “Keep ‘em Smiling in Beds of White.” Membership in the MOC signifies exceptional service to the VFW and its affiliated programs. Notable members have included presidents Harry Truman and George H. W. Bush.
The term “cootie” refers to the lice that afflicted many soldiers during World War I. These parasitic insects were credited to keeping soldiers’ heads down in the trenches.
Military Order of the Cootie. (2022, September 29). In Wikipedia. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Military_Order_of_the_Cootie
Nevada Department of Veterans Services. (n.d.). Military Order of the Cootie. https://veterans.nv.gov/resources/military-order-of-the-cootie/#:~:text=...