You Belong in the VFW!
We understand the unique bond you share with other veterans of overseas conflicts because we, too, have been there. Since 1899, the VFW has been the nation’s leading veterans service organization in the fight to better the lives of all those who’ve worn the uniform of the United States military. No matter which conflict called you to service, we invite you to join us. Stand strong with the more than 1.6 million members of the VFW and its Auxiliary as together; we continue to fight for all that’s good FOR VETERANS.
We are the veteran’s advocate and have helped make today’s veterans’ benefits a reality. Your support helps us continue that path. Membership in the Veterans of Foreign Wars entitles you to:
Access to our Network of Service Officers (under National Veterans Service), which includes the Benefits Delivery at Discharge (BDD) program at 14 Bases to smooth transition to civilian life.
. . . Plus many other valuable benefits, all found on VFW National’s Site!
The fundamental difference between our Organization and other veteran organizations, and one in which we take great pride, is our eligibility qualifications. There are three requisites for membership in the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States: (1) Citizenship; (2) Honorable service in the Armed Forces of the United States; (3) Service entitling the applicant to the award of a recognized campaign medal or as set forth in the Congressional Charter and/or By-Laws.
Checking eligibility is simple. Assuming that a person is a United States citizen and has an honorable discharge from the U.S. Armed Forces, all that remains is proof that the person served outside the continental limits of the U.S. and has earned a campaign or service medal listed in the campaign medal requisite for VFW Membership. (The only exception is for any service in Korea after June 30, 1949 to present.) Eligibility Information Link.
Discharges issued during and immediately after the close of World War II have a section on the back listing the medals and decorations earned. Persons discharged since received a DD-214, “Report of Separation” form, which has a space to list medals, and decorations. 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 that 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.
VFW eligibility listing chart is used as a guide in determining eligibility for membership and is furnished as a matter of information concerning the periods during which campaign and/or service medals were authorized.
Campaign medals, and their periods of issue, have been authorized by the United States of America, and the holder of any such medal or medals is recognized as possessing the campaign medal requisite of eligibility. CLICK HERE to confirm VFW Eligibility!
Membership Application Download
To join VFW Post 9851, click on the link below and download the membership application, fill it out, submit it with your payment, and the post will send you confirmation of your membership as soon as it is processed. Please note that you will need the Adobe Acrobat Reader to enable viewing and printing of the membership application. If you do not have Adobe Acrobat installed on your computer, you can install it FREE from www.adobe.com.
The VFW Auxiliary organization is comprised of members from all walks of life with a common connection: all are relatives of those who served in overseas combat.
More than 470,000 members in nearly 3,800 Auxiliaries across the nation work to improve the lives of veterans, service members and their families, and their communities in a variety of ways. Read the articles below and learn how Auxiliaries across the country are making a positive impact:
When you join the VFW Auxiliary, you’ll have the opportunity to:
Support Veterans, Active-Duty Service Members and Their Families
The VFW Auxiliary offers numerous avenues for service, such as hospital volunteering, the adoption of military units and promoting patriotism. Anyone with a heart for veterans can count their membership as an important way to stand with veterans and the military community on Capitol Hill and in local legislative battles affecting them.
Develop New Skills
The VFW Auxiliary offers numerous ways for members to acquire and utilize skills such as leadership, public speaking, fundraising, event planning and community outreach.
Network and Develop Friendships
Through local and national events, members have the chance to meet people from all walks of life and many career backgrounds, creating a vast network of people who are passionate about veterans, service members and their families.
Receive Service Benefits
The VFW Auxiliary is pleased to offer members access to one of the nation’s largest networks of money-saving products and services in the insurance and benefits industry.
The Booster Club is a part of the VFW Post 9851 family. Through membership, this group supports the Post and its endeavors in a myriad of ways. Their continuous hosting of events allows the Post to update our fun things to do in the Lounge. They also support the Post’s Spearhead Relief Fund.
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