Come Join Us! Become a Member of the VFW!

Why join?

 Originally founded in 1899 as the American Veterans of Foreign Service,  the VFW continues to be a voice for returning and currently deployed  service members and their families. The 2.4 million members of the VFW and its Auxiliaries are located in 8,500 VFW posts around the world. We welcome everyone who meets VFW eligibility requirements, regardless of age, race, religion, or gender.

If you meet the criteria listed below, you’ve earned your membership in the VFW. This is something only a small percentage of the U.S. population will ever be able to claim, and you should be proud of your service. The VFW is dedicated to fostering camaraderie amongst its members, assisting eligible veterans and their families, educating the public about our proud military history,  advocating for veterans’ causes, and honoring the memory of our fallen  comrades.

Interested in joining us? Email us at for more information or complete the on-line application on the main VFW website:  VFW Membership Application. 

Eligibility criteria for VFW membership:

 The fundamental difference between our organization and other  veterans organizations, and one in which we take great pride, is our  eligibility qualifications. There are three primary requisites for  membership in the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States:

(1) Citizenship
(2) Honorable service in the armed forces of the United States
(3)  Service entitling the applicant to the award of a recognized  campaign medal or as set forth in the Congressional Charter and By-Laws  and Manual of Procedure and Ritual.

For complete eligibility criteria-VFW Eligibility criteria

Upgrade your membership

  Did you know you can upgrade your membership to Life Member, or Legacy Life Member? Simply log on to and visit Member Services. For more information on the benefits of becoming a Legacy Life Member, read the Legacy Live Member
Brochure (PDF, 217K).