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What are the requirements to join the VFW?

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To be eligible to join the VFW, or Veterans of Foreign Wars, a person must be a U.S. citizen who has served in the military honorably in an overseas conflict, received a campaign medal for overseas service, served 60 nonconsecutive or 30 consecutive days in Korea, or received imminent danger or hostile-fire pay. There are no age requirements for joining the organization.

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Founded in 1899 by Spanish-American war veterans, the VFW is committed to bettering the lives of veterans. Its basic mission is to ensure the security of America through military strength, speed up the rehabilitation of the country's needy and disabled veterans, assist veterans' widows and orphans, help disabled veterans' dependents and promote patriotism and Americanism through constructive community service.

As of 2014, the VFW has more than 1.4 million members and over 10,000 local units, which are referred to as "posts." The organization's legislative service and the central office of its rehabilitative service are both located in Washington, D.C.

Benefits of joining the VFW include camaraderie with fellow foreign-conflict veterans; access to a vast network of resources; assistance securing veteran benefits and compensation; and discounts on health care plans, insurance plans and travel services.

A number of presidents have been members of the VFW, including George H.W. Bush, Gerald Ford, Richard Nixon, Lyndon Johnson, John Kennedy, Dwight Eisenhower, Harry Truman and Theodore Roosevelt.

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    How do you find the closest VFW post?

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    You can locate the Veterans of Foreign Wars post closest to you by using the VFW post locator tool on VFW.org. This tool allows you to use either your city and state or a ZIP code as a search variable to find a VFW post.

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    How can you get into the National Ladies Auxiliary VFW?

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    To join the National Ladies Auxiliary VFW, an individual must be a U.S. citizen at least 16 years old and a relative of a veteran of a foreign war, and she must complete an application and pay a membership fee. The applicant needs to provide proof of service for her relative who served overseas. Proof is available from the National Archives and Records Administration.

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    Does the VFW provide flag disposal services?

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    The Veterans of Foreign Wars, or VFW, does provide flag disposal services, and its posts use a ceremony for retiring the flag in a respectful manner, notes the Veterans of Foreign War of The Woodlands, Texas. Fire is used to dispose of, or retire, flags that are damaged beyond repair and can't be displayed.

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    Where is VFW National headquarters?

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    The national headquarters for the Veterans of Foreign Wars is at 406 W. 34th St., Kansas City, MO 64111. Its telephone number is (816) 756-3390, as of 2015.

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