Who We Are: Veterans – Citizens – Families
We are the Veterans of Foreign Wars—or VFW for short. Originally founded in 1899 as the American Veterans of Foreign Service, the VFW continues to be a voice for returning and currently deployed service members and their families. The 2.4 million members of the VFW and its Auxiliaries are located in 8,500 VFW posts around the world. We welcome everyone who meets VFW eligibility, regardless of age, race, religion, or gender.
The VFW is dedicated to supporting those who sacrifice so much for this country—veterans, service members in the US Armed Forces, and their families.
The fundamental difference between the VFW 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.
- Honorable military service
- Service entitling the applicant to the award of a recognized campaign medal or as set forth in the Congressional Charter and/or VFW bylaws