VFW MEMBERSHIP Membership in the VFW by Congressional Charter is restricted to men and women who have served honorably in the Armed Forces of the United States in any foreign war, insurrection or expedition. No others may join and there are no honorary memberships. The VFW holds fast that veterans who have served in harms way to protect and defend our country have a common bond of experience forged in sacrifice and danger.
Join the Texas VFW
1: Honorable Service – must have served in the Armed Forces of the United States and either received a discharge of Honorable or General (Under Honorable Conditions) or be currently serving.
2: Service in a war, campaign, or expedition on foreign soil or in hostile waters*. This can be proven by any of the following:
- An authorized campaign medal (see a full list of qualifying medals and badges)- Receipt of Hostile Fire Pay or Imminent Danger Pay (verified by a military pay statement)- Service in Korea for 30 consecutive or 60 non-consecutive days
*This information is usually available through a veteran’s DD-214. If other information is needed or if a veteran’s DD-214 is not complete, they can contact the National Personnel Records Center online or at 314.801.0800 to request more information.
If you are not eligible for membership in the Veterans of Foreign Wars but you have a parent, grandparent, child, grandchild, sibling, or spouse who would be eligible then you may apply for membership in the VFW Auxiliary. You can learn more at vfwauxiliary.org.