There are three qualifiers for membership in the VFW, as set out in our Bylaws. 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 other side for a 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.
Click on the Link for Eligibility Information and a list of the Campaign Medals.