ELIGILBILITY for membership

There are three qualifiers for membership in the VFW, as set out in our National Bylaws. 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 (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

*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, click on National Personnel Records Center or call 314-801-0800 to request more information.

More detailed information on VFW eligibility can be accessed here

If you are not eligible for membership in the Veterans of Foreign Wars but you have a parent, grandparent, child, grandchild, sibling, or spouse who would be eligible then you may apply for membership in the VFW Auxiliary. You can learn more at

To find a VFW Post near you, check our District 2 MAP – you can join at a meeting or complete the on-line membership form below. We look forward to seeing you soon.

On-line Membership Form – Once you complete your application, you will receive your membership card in the mail.

UPDATE your membership information – Log into the National site, then, scroll down to Membership Quick Links

RENEW your membership – Enter your member number, first name, last name, then click on Go

By becoming a VFW Life member, you make a lifetime commitment to serving your fellow service members and veterans. That’s something to take great pride in. You’ll also enjoy many great benefits of being a Life member!


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