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Membership Eligibility

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Join us at VFW Post 9644

There are two primary qualifiers for membership in the VFW, as set out in our Bylaws. An individual must meet both in order to become a member. They are as follows:
  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 other side for a 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 at 314.801.0800 or online at to request more information.

If an individual does not qualify for membership at the Post level, the chances are high that they qualify for membership in our Auxiliary


The following campaign medals is a short list of common medals that qualify an individual for membership in our organization:

  • China Service Medal

  • American Defense Service Medal

  • European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal
  • American Campaign Medal

  • Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal

  • Army of Occupation Medal

  • Navy Occupation Service Medal

  • Korean Service Medal

  • Navy Expeditionary Medal

  • Marine Corps Expeditionary Medal

  • Vietnam Service Medal

  • Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal

  • Southwest Asia Service Medal

  • Kosovo Campaign Medal

  • Combat Infantryman Badge

  • Combat Medical Badge

  • Combat Action Ribbon

  • Air Force Combat Action Medal

  • Combat Action Badge

  • SSBN Deterrent Patrol Insignia

  • Korea Defense Service Medal

  • Global War On Terrorism Expeditionary Medal

  • Afghanistan Campaign Medal

  • Iraq Campaign Medal

  • Inherent Resolve Campaign Medal

  • Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon WITH GOLD BORDER

  • Korea Duty (Service in Korea for 30 consecutive or 60 non-consecutive days)

  • Hostile Fire Pay or Imminent Danger Pay

Come by the post while we're open or Contact Us if you have any questions!  We'd love to have you as a member of our post or auxiliary!

For a full list of campaign medals that qualify an individual for VFW membership, please consult Section 101 of the VFW Manual of Procedure.

Join us at VFW Post 9644

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