VFW Membership Eligibility
To become a member of the VFW, you must meet two requirements:
1) Honorable Service: You must have served in the Armed Forces of the United States and received an Honorable or General discharge (Under Honorable Conditions), or currently be serving.
2) Service in a War: You must have served in a war, campaign, or expedition on foreign soil or in hostile waters.
If you don't meet the eligibility criteria for VFW membership but have a parent, grandparent, child, grandchild, sibling, or spouse who is eligible, you can apply for membership in the VFW Auxiliary.
Eligibility Requirements for VFW Auxiliary Membership:
Members must be 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 who 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.
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.