What Are the Qualifications for VFW Membership?


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In order to be accepted as a VFW member, a person must first show that he is a United States citizen that was honorably discharged from the military. The applicant must also show that he received an award in a recognized campaign, served in Korea or received imminent danger pay.

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The VFW issues a list of awards from various military campaigns that it accepts for applicants seeking admission under this component. To qualify for VFW membership based on service in Korea, an applicant must show that he served 30 consecutive or 60 non-consecutive days in Korea. In order to prove military service and the receipt of imminent danger pay, an applicant must submit official documentation of his service. For veterans serving after World War II, this information can be provided through form DD-214 or GSA Standard Form 180.

Once an applicant has provided the necessary documentation, his application is voted on by the local VFW membership for acceptance or rejection.

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