The VFW by-laws include information about the organization's jurisdiction, the purpose of the fraternal corporation, the vested powers of officers in a position of authority and delegate election guidelines and procedures at conventions. The by-laws also contain information about the order of business at each meeting, the duties and powers of the council of administration and the division of district branches of the Veterans of Foreign Wars association.
The VFW by-laws provide members with guidelines for holding regular meetings at the local, district, state and national level. The by-laws also include job descriptions and duties for offices such as the surgeon, state service officer, legislative chairman, assistant state service officer and past state commanders.
Responsibilities for each committee associated with the VFW are outlined in the by-laws. The two primary committees of the organization include the finance committee and the audit committee. The by-laws highlight how the committee members are elected or appointed. The by-laws also outline how the council officers process expenses, receive salaries and allocate funds of the organization.
The VFW by-laws stipulate the process for consolidating posts, how members can seek national office posts and how the overall units are controlled by the national post of the VFW. Amendments are commonly added as the national organization revises policies and procedures.