What is the Veterans Of Foreign Wars or VFW?
The Veterans of Foreign Wars, or VFW, is a nonprofit veteran service organization comprised of veterans and military service members from all branches as well as active duty, National Guard and reserve forces.
Following the Spanish-American War and the Philippine Insurrection, several local organizations were founded to secure rights and benefits for military service. Many veterans arrived home wounded or sick, and there was no medical care or pension available, so they were left to care for themselves.
Eventually, some veterans banded together and formed organizations that would later become the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW). Membership in the VFW is more than 1.6 million members of the VFW and its Auxiliary.
The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) has programs and services to support veterans, active duty and their families, as well as communities worldwide. As the largest combat veterans’ organization around, the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW) membership is global.
What are the eligibility requirements to join?
The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) by-laws has three qualifiers for membership. An individual must meet all three to gain membership. They are the following:
- The applicant must be a U.S. citizen or U.S. National.
- The applicant 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.
- The applicant must have served in a war, campaign, or expedition on foreign soil or in hostile waters. Any of the following can prove this:
- An authorized campaign medal
- Have been a Recipient of Hostile Fire Pay or Imminent Danger Pay
- Have served in Korea for 30 consecutive days or 60 non-consecutive days
Once the applicant has filled out the application card, it should be provided to the post along with the dues and admission fee.
A new applicant may be recommended after eligibility has been entirely determined by the post reviewing committee. However, the department headquarters is responsible for the final determination. Also, the original application of every member will be retained on file.
Before voting on the application during a post meeting, the commander shall allow the members an opportunity to state their objections, if there are any, to the admission of the applicant. A vote shall be taken, and the majority of the votes cast shall decide acceptance or rejection.
Should an applicant be rejected, their admission fee and dues shall be returned. After one year or twelve calendar months, they may again make an application; however, they may not apply for membership more than twice in the same post. An applicant rejected from one post may apply to another post or become a department member-at-large.
Once accepted, a member shall be notified of his or her acceptance and good standing, then receive a membership card and lapel pin.
Membership and Benefits
When a new member is approved to join the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW), they have the option of paying for one of two membership types — either an annual or lifetime membership.
The fee for an annual membership in the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW) is forty-five dollars and will cover the cost of membership for a full calendar year as a member-at-large for your state.
Lifetime membership in the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW) is made as a one-time payment. These range in price from $170 up to $425 depending on what years you served in the military. The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) also allows you to pay your lifetime membership through an installment plan with one forty-five dollar payment and the lifetime membership amount billed over eleven months. Also, lifetime members receive a 10% discount on exclusive VFW store merchandise for the first year.
There are other benefits to being a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW). As a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW), you gain access to a vast network of resources. The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) has secured numerous discounts including insurance programs, financial services, publication discounts, travel services, entertainment discounts, and even end of life services.
For many the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) is an excellent investment of time, money, and energy. With strict eligibility and membership limitations, the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) is a unique organization for military service members of all backgrounds.
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