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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.

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Auxiliary Eligibility

Eligibility Requirements for VFW Auxiliary Membership:

Members must be at least 16 years old.

Those eligible are:

  • Husband/Wife

  • Widower/Widow

  • Father/Mother

  • Grandfathers/Grandmothers

  • Sons/Daughters

  • Grandsons/Granddaughters

  • Brothers/Sisters

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.

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