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 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.
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:
(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