Checking Eligibility

To be an eligible member of the VFW, a person must be a United States citizen and honorably discharged from the U.S. Armed Forces. They also must have served outside the continental limits of the United States and have earned a campaign or service medal recognized by the VFW as meeting the campaign medal requisite for VFW Membership (the only exception is for service in Korea after June 30, 1949, until present).

Discharges issued during or immediately after the end of World War II feature a section listing the medals and decorations which have been earned. Veterans discharged later received a DD-214, Report of Separation form, which has a section showing medals and decorations as well. Lost separation documents can be replaced by completing and submitting GSA Standard Form 180, Request Pertaining to Military Records.

There is always a possibility of an omission on the separation documents. If an applicant claims entitlement to a medal which is not shown on the individual's separation papers, that person may request verification and correction of records by submitting a GSA Standard Form 180.

The GSA Standard Form 180 is available from any office of the Veterans Administration or state Veterans Departments. The form must be completed and signed by the veteran in order to receive the information requested or authorize the release of the information to the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Eligibility Requirements

The VFW eligibility listing chart is used as a guide to determine eligibility for membership and provides information regarding the periods during which campaign and/or service medals were authorized.

Campaign medals, and the periods for which issued, have been authorized by the United States of America, and the holder of any such medal is recognized as possessing the campaign medal requisite of eligibility.

Periods of VFW membership eligibility for overseas service can be viewed by clicking here.

If you desire information on joining VFW Post 3838, please fill out the form below:

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