We understand the unique bond you share with other veterans of overseas conflicts because we, too, have been there. Since 1899, the VFW has been the nation’s leading veterans service organization in the fight to better the lives of all those who’ve worn the uniform of the United States military. No matter which conflict called you to service, we invite you to join us. Stand strong with the nearly 1.7 million members of the VFW and its Auxiliary as together, we continue to fight for all that’s good FOR VETERANS.
As the largest combat veterans 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. 
We offer three different types of Memberships.
-Annual Member
-Life Member
-Legacy Life Member
If you are interested in becoming a Member of a local Post in your area, see the Post Directory Page for contact information.
If you aren't interested in joining a Post but would still like to become a Member, you may contact our Department Headquarters for more information. 225-928-5025

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 list of campaign Medals /uploads/Documents/One-PageEligibilitySheet.pdf)
- 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.