Membership

 

Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States

Eligibility Requirements

VFW membership is available to all U.S. Citizens, honorably discharged from the U.S. armed forces and who have earned an overseas campaign medal as indicated from the following chart:
Campaign Medal Military Service Period During Which Issued
Expeditionary Navy 
Marine Corps
12 Feb 1874 - indeterminate
Spanish Campaign
Army 11 May 1898 - 
16 Aug 1898
 Navy 20 Apr 1898 -
10 Dec 1898
Army of Cuban Occupation
Army 18 Jul 1898 -
20 May 1902
Army of Puerto Rican Occupation
Army 14 Aug 1898 -
10 Dec 1898
Philippine Campaign
Army 04 Feb 1899 -
31 Dec 1913
 Navy 04 Feb 1899 -
15 Sep 1906
China Campaign
Army 20 Jun 1900 -
27 May 1901
China Relief Expedition
Navy 05 Apr 1900 -
27 May 1901
Army of Cuban Pacification
Army 06 Oct 1906 -
01 Apr 1909
Cuban Pacification
Navy 12 Sep 1906 -
01 Apr 1909
Mexican Service
Army 12 Apr 1911 -
16 June 1919
 Navy 12 Apr 1914 -
07 Feb 1917
First Nicaraguan Campaign
Navy 29 Jul 1912 -
14 Nov 1912
Haitian Campaign
Navy 09 Jul 1915 -
06 Dec 1915. 
01 Apr 1919 -
15 Jun 1920.
Dominican Campaign
Navy 04 May 1916 -
05 Dec 1916
World War I Victory 
(with Battle or Service Clasp including Siberia and European Russia)
Army 06 Apr 1917 -
01 Apr 1920
 Navy 06 Apr 1917 -
30 Mar 1920
Army of Occupation of Germany
Army 12 Nov 1918 -
11 Jul 1923
Second Nicaraguan Campaign
Navy 27 Aug 1926 -
02 Jan 1933
Yangtze Service
Navy 03 Sep 1926 -
21 Oct 1927. 
01 Mar 1930 -
31 Dec 1932..
China Service
Navy 07 Jul 1937 -
07 Sep 1939. 
02 Sep 1945 -
01 Apr 1957.
American Defense Service 
(with Foreign Service Clasp)
Army-Navy 08 Sep 1939 -
07 Dec 1941
American Campaign
(30 consecutive days or 60 days non-consecutive duty outside continental limits of the United States)
Army-Navy 07 Dec 1941 -
02 Mar 1946
Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
Army-Navy 07 Dec 1941 -
02 Mar 1946
European-African Middle Eastern Campaign
Army-Navy 07 Dec 1941 -
08 Nov 1945

Army of Occupation 
30 consecutive days
Italy 09 May 1945 -
15 Sep 1947
Germany (except West Berlin) 09 May 1945 -
05 May 1955
Germany (West Berlin) 09 May 1945 -
02 Oct. 1990
Austria 09 May 1945 -
27 Jul 1955
Korea 03 Sep 1945 -
29 Jun 1949
Japan 03 Sep 1945 -
27 Apr 1952

Navy Occupation Service Medal
Italy 08 May 1945 -
15 Dec 1947
Trieste 08 May 1945 -
26 Oct 1954
Germany (except West Berlin) 08 May 1945 -
05 May 1955
Austria 08 May 1945 -
25 Oct 1955
Asiatic Pacific 02 Sep 1945 -
27 Apr 1952
Korean Service Medal
Army, Navy, Air Force 27 Jun 1950 -
27 Jul 1954

Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal 
30 consec. or 60 non-consec. days of duty
Berlin 14 Aug 1961 -
01 Jun 1963
Lebanon 01 Jul 1958 -
01 Nov 1958
Quemoy & Matsu Island 23 Aug 1958 -
01 June 1963
Taiwan Straits 23 Aug 1958 -
01 Jan. 1959
Congo 14 Jul 1960 -
01 Sep 1962. 
23-27 Nov 1964.
Laos 19 Apr 1961 -
07 Oct 1962
Vietnam 01 Jul 1958 -
03 Jul 1965
Cuba 24 Oct 1962 -
01 Jun 1963
Dominican Republic 28 Apr 1965 -
21 Sep 1966
Korea 01 Oct 1966 -
30 Jun 1974
Cambodia 29 Mar 1973 -
15 Aug 1973
Thailand (in direct support of Cambodia Operation) 29 Mar 1973 -
15 Aug 1973
Operation Eagle Pull-Evacuation of Cambodia 11-13 Apr 1975
Operation Frequent Wind-Evacuation of Vietnam 29-30 Apr 1975
Mayaguez Operation 15 May 1975
Operation Urgent Fury-Grenada 23 Oct 1983 -
21 Nov 1983
Lebanon 01 Jun 1983 -
01 Dec 1987
Libyan Operation- El Dorado Canyon 12-17 Apr 1986
Persian Gulf-Operation Earnest Will 24 July 1987 -
02 Aug. 1990
Panama-Operation Just Cause 20 Dec 1989 -
31 Jan 1990
Somalia-United Shield-Operation Restore Hope 05 Dec 1992 -
31 Mar 1995
Haiti-Operation Uphold Democracy 16 Sep 1994 -
31 Mar 1995
Operation Southern Watch 
(Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Iraq Arabian Gulf, Red Sea, Persian Gulf, Bahrain, Qatar, UAE, Oman, Gulf of Oman W of 62" E Long,  Yeman, Egypt, Jordan
01 Dec 1995 -
Indeterminate
El Salvador 01 Jan 1981 -
01 Feb 1992
Bosnia-Operation Joint Endeavor (Bosnia, Croatia, the Adriatic Sea & airspace) 20 Nov 1995 -
20 Dec 1996
Operation Joint Guard (Bosnia, Croatia, Adriatic Sea & airspace) 20 Dec 1996 -
20 Jun 1998
Operation Vigilant Sentinel (Persian Gulf, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait) 01 Dec 1995 -
01 Sep 1997
Operation Northern Watch (Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Persian Gulf W of 56" E Long., and Incirlik AB, Turkey (only pers. TDY to ONW) 01 Jan 1997 -
Indeterminate
Operation Maritime Intercept operations (Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Red Sea, Persian Gulf, Gulf of Oman W of 62" E Long, Bahrain, Qatar, UAE, Oman, Yemen, Egypt, Jordan) 01 Dec 1995 -
Indeterminate
Operation Joint Forge - (Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Adriatic Sea & airspace) 21 Jun. 1998 -
31 Dec 2000
Operation Desert Thunder (Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Persian Gulf, Bahrain, Qatar, UAE, Oman, Yemen, Egypt, Jordan, Gulf of Oman, Red Sea support 11 Nov 1998 -
22 Dec 1998
Operation Desert Fox (Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Persian Gulf, Bahrain, Qatar, Jordan, Gulf of Oman, USF Red Sea support 16 Dec 1998 -
22 Dec 1998

Navy & Marine Corps Expeditionary Medal

Thailand Military Operation 16 May 1962 -
10 Aug 1962
Cuban Military Operation 03 Jan 1961 -
23 Oct 1962
Iranian, Yemen & Indian Ocean Operation 08 Dec 1978 -
06 Jun 1979. 
21 Nov 1979 -
20 Oct 1981.
Lebanon 20 Aug 1982 -
31 May 1983
Libyan Expedition 20 Jan 1986 -
27 Jun 1986
Persian Gulf 01 Feb 1987 -
23 Jul 1987
Panama - (pre and post invasion) 01 Apr 1988 -
19 Dec 1989.
01 Feb 1990 -
13 Jun 1990.
Liberia (Operation Sharp Edge) 05 Aug 1990 -
21 Feb 1991
Rwanda (Operation Distant Runner) (11th Marine Expeditionary Unit USS Peleliu) 07-18 Apr 1994
Vietnam Service Medal
  04 Jul 1965 -
28 Mar 1973
Southwest Asia Service Medal
(Operation Desert Shield/Operation Desert Storm) Combat areas of operation only 02 Aug 1990 -
30 Nov 1995
Personnel assigned to support units serving in Israel, Egypt, Turkey,  Syria, Jordan 17 Jan. 1991 -
11 Apr 1991.
30 Nov 1995.
Combat Action Ribbon
  01 Mar 1961 -
Indeterminate
Combat Infantry Badge & Combat Medical Badge
  06 Dec 1941 -
Indeterminate
Korean Service (no campaign medal issued) Service on the Korean Peninsula, or in its territorial waters for thirty (30), consecutive or sixty (60) nonconsecutive days. 30 Jun 1949 -
26 Jun 1950.
28 Jul 1954-
20 Sep 1966.
01 Jul 1974 - Open

Kosovo Campaign Medal
Allied Force 24 Mar 1999 -
10 Jun 1999
Joint Guardian 11 Jun 1999 -
 indeterminate
Allied Harbour 04 Apr 1999 -
01 Sep 1999
Sustain Hope 
Shining Hope
04 Apr 1999 -
10 Jul 1999
Noble Anvil 24 Mar 1999 -
20 Jul 1999
Kosovo Task Force Hawk 05 Apr 1999 -
24 Jun 1999
Kosovo Task Force Saber 31 Mar 1999 -
08 Jul 1999
Kosovo Task Force Falcon 11 Jun 1999 -
indeterminate
Kosovo Task Force Hunter 01 Apr 1999 -
01 Nov 1999
Kosovo Air Campaign 
Serbia, Montenegro, Albania, Macedonia, Bosnia, Croatia, Hungary, Romania, Greece, Bulgaria, Italy, Slovenia, Adriatic & Ionian Seas
24 Mar 1999 -
10 Jun 1999
Kosovo Defense Campaign 
Serbia, Montenegro, Albania, 
Macedonia, Adriatic Seas
11 Jun 1999 -
indeterminate

 
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