As the largest combat Veteran organization around, VFW membership spans the globe. We're an elite group of combat warriors who have each other's backs long after the fight is over. Camaraderie. Empowerment. Access to a vast network of resources. Assistance securing the benefits you've earned. Numerous discounts on a number of products and services. With a VFW membership, you'll find all this and more! Further, your VFW membership establishes your place in the VFW legacy that dates back to our founding in 1899.
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 (see a 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, they can contact the National Personnel Records Center online or at 314-801-0800 to request more information.
Your dues of just $35 will cover the cost of your membership for a full calendar year as a Member-At-Large for your state. ($1.98 of your membership dues goes toward your VFW magazine subscription.) The cost may vary by a $1 or so as each post determines annual membership dues.
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! You will:
You can become a VFW Life member by making a one-time payment, or you can pay for your Life membership through our installment plan with an initial $45 payment and the Life membership amount billed over an 11-month period.
AND at Post 10281 we give you a 30% discount on your lifetime membership.
You can either come by the Post and complete the application or you can join online at vfw.org. Either way you still have to provide the Quartermaster a copy of your DD 214, which you can send via email at email@example.com.