There are three qualifiers for membership in the VFW. An individual must meet all three in order to become a member. They are as follows:
1: Citizenship – must be a U.S. citizen or U.S. National.
2: Honorable Service – must have served in the Armed Forces of the United States and either received a discharge of Honorable or General (Under Honorable Conditions) or be currently serving.
3: Service in a war, campaign, or expedition on foreign soil or in hostile waters*. This can be proven by any of the following:
– An authorized campaign medal (see a full list of qualifying medals and badges)
– Receipt of Hostile Fire Pay or Imminent Danger Pay (verified by a military pay statement)
– Service in Korea for 30 consecutive or 60 non-consecutive days
Relatives of those who served in overseas combat may also be a part of the of the VFW by joining the VFW Auxiliary.
When you join the VFW Auxiliary, you’ll have the opportunity to:
1: Support Veterans, Active-Duty Military and Their Families through volunteering, the adoption of military units and promoting patriotism.
2: Develop New Skills such as leadership, public speaking, fundraising, event planning and community outreach.
3: Network and Develop Friendships through local and national events creating a vast network of people who are passionate about veterans, active-duty military, and their families.
4: Receive Service Benefits – discounted policies for life, health, accident, long-term care and dental insurance, along with many other benefit plans. Access to discounts on products and services that are important to you – including local offers! Credit cards and certain financial services are available through USAA.
*This information is usually available through a veteran’s DD-214. If other information is needed or if a veteran’s DD-214 is not complete, they can contact the National Personnel Records Center online or at 314-801-0800 to request more information.