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Whether you're active-duty or retired from the military, you are eligible to join if you meet our eligibility requirements.
There are several ways you can donate to the VFW to help America’s veterans. You can
donate online via credit card (Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express) or PayPal account, or in the form of cash, check or money order by mailing your donation directly to:
Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States
406 W. 34th Street
Kansas City, MO 64111
We also offer a monthly, quarterly, biannual or annual donation program and electronic fund transfer (EFT). For more information on any of these options, please contact our Donor Services Department by email or phone at: 816-756-3390, ext. 7108.
Since its founding in 1899, the VFW has enacted many programs and
services geared to meet the current needs of America's service members,
veterans and military families, as well to meet community needs
worldwide. VA claims assistance, legislative advocacy, troop support
programs, youth activities, community service and scholarship are a few
of the ways we work to give back to those who've given so much for all
You can contact the National Personnel Records Center at 314-801-0800 or via its website. In addition to providing copies of military records, they are able to update records to correct errors or reflect awards that may have been issued retroactively.
No. The VFW's congressional charter prohibits the organization from endorsing or otherwise supporting political candidates or any individual running for a public office position.
You can contact the National Personnel Records Center and they will be able to issue a DD-215 showing receipt of the Korea Defense Service Medal. In the meantime, any sort of travel orders or military documentation showing your service in Korea for at least 30 consecutive, or 60 non-consecutive days will suffice as proof of eligibility for VFW membership.
You can contact the Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS) for copies of your Leave and Earnings Statements (LES) or they can direct you to your service-specific finance office for those records.
Yes. You are welcome to subscribe to VFW magazine for only $15 per year (10 issues). Simply view and print the subscription form.
If you are a freelance writer wishing to write a feature for the magazine, please carefully read and review our guidelines before making a submission.
We include token gifts in our mailings because experience has shown us that our donors appreciate, and even look forward to receiving these gifts. The VFW is not a government agency and receives no federal financial support; we depend primarily on the generosity of patriotic supporters. The items included in our mailings are inexpensive to produce, and help us to raise more money than if we did not include them in our mailings. Since our goal is to help as many veterans each year as possible, we must continue to mail packages that raise the highest amount of donations to be used toward our support programs.