See below for information on becoming a member of the VFW. If you are eligible for membership, please come to one of our meetings and bring your DD-214 and we will get you signed up. If you are a brand new member to the VFW, we will pay your first year dues.
There are two qualifiers for membership in the VFW, as set out in our National Bylaws.
An individual must meet both in order to become a member. They are as follows:
1: 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.
2: 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 by clicking the link button above) - 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.