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There are three qualifiers for membership in the VFW, as set out in our By-Laws. 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
    • 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
*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.

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Join the VFW Auxiliary

Members must be citizens of the United States or a United States National, and at least 16 years old.

Those eligible are: Of persons who were or are eligible for membership in the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States.

Those eligible for membership in the VFW are those that have received a campaign medal for overseas service; have served 30 consecutive or 60 non-consecutive days in Korea; or have ever received hostile fire or imminent danger pay. Click here for more information.

Step- and adopted parents, children, siblings (and half-siblings), grandparents and grandchildren are considered the same as biological parents, children, siblings, grandparents and grandchildren and may join the VFW Auxiliary under their VFW-eligible veteran.

Proof of service is required for eligibility and must be obtained by the applicant.

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