NO ONE DOES MORE FOR VETERANS

Who We Are

TThe Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States is a nonprofit veterans service organization comprised of eligible veterans and military service members from the active, guard and reserve forces.

We trace our roots back to 1899 when veterans of the Spanish-American War (1898) and the Philippine Insurrection (1899-1902) founded local organizations to secure rights and benefits for their service. Many arrived home wounded or sick. There was no medical care or veterans' pension for them, and they were left to care for themselves. 

In their misery, some of these veterans banded together and formed organizations that would eventually band together and become known as the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States. After chapters were formed in Ohio, Colorado and Pennsylvania, the movement quickly gained momentum. Today, membership stands at more than 1.6 million members of the VFW and its Auxiliary.

Our voice was instrumental in establishing the Veterans Administration,  development of the national cemetery system, in the fight for compensation for Vietnam vets exposed to Agent Orange and for veterans diagnosed with Gulf War Syndrome. In 2008, we won a long-fought victory with the passing of a GI Bill for the 21st Century, giving expanded educational benefits to America's active duty service members, and members of the guard and reserves, fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan. We were the driving force behind the Veterans Access and Accountability Act of 2014, and continually fight for improved VA medical centers services for women veterans.

Besides helping fund the creation of the Vietnam, Korean War, World War II and Women in Military Service memorials, in 2005 the VFW became the first veterans' organization to contribute to building the new Disabled Veterans for Life Memorial, which opened in November 2010. And in 2015, we became the first supporter of the National Desert Storm War Memorial which is planned for construction at our nation's capital.

We have many programs and services that work to support veterans, service members and their families, as well as communities worldwide. Please check out our latest fact sheet or spend some time browsing our site to learn why No One Does More For Veterans.

Our Core Values:

  • Always put the interests of our members first
  • Treat donors as partners in our cause
  • Promote patriotism
  • Honor military service
  • Ensure the care of veterans and their families
  • Serve our communities
  • Promote a positive image of the VFW
  • Respect the diversity of veteran opinions

Become A Member

Annual Membership

As the largest combat veterans organization  around, VFW membership spans the globe. We’re an elite group of combat  warriors who have each other’s backs long after the fight is over. 

Camaraderie. Empowerment. Access to a vast  network of resources. Assistance securing the benefits you've earned.  Numerous discounts on a number of products and services. With a VFW  membership, you'll find all this and more! Further, your VFW membership establishes your place in the VFW legacy that dates back to our founding in 1899. 

Your dues of just $45.00 will cover the  cost of your membership for a full calendar year as a Member-At-Large  for your state. ($1.98 of your membership dues goes toward your VFW magazine subscription.) 


Life Membership 

By becoming a VFW Life member, you make a lifetime commitment to  serving your fellow service members and veterans. That's something to  take great pride in.

You'll also enjoy many great benefits of being a Life member! You will:

  • Avoid annual dues and renewals.
  • Maintain your membership in any Post you choose, worldwide!
  • Never pay an increase in dues—Guaranteed!
  • Receive a 10% discount on exclusive VFW Store merchandise for the first year.

You can become a VFW Life member by making a one-time payment,  or you can pay for your Life membership through our installment plan  with an initial $45 payment and the Life membership amount billed over  an 11-month period.Life Membership 

By becoming a VFW Life member, you make a lifetime commitment to  serving your fellow service members and veterans. That's something to  take great pride in.

You'll also enjoy many great benefits of being a Life member! You will:

  • Avoid annual dues and renewals.
  • Maintain your membership in any Post you choose, worldwide!
  • Never pay an increase in dues—Guaranteed!
  • Receive a 10% discount on exclusive VFW Store merchandise for the first year.

You can become a VFW Life member by making a one-time payment,  or you can pay for your Life membership through our installment plan  with an initial $45 payment and the Life membership amount billed over  an 11-month period.Life Membership 

By becoming a VFW Life member, you make a lifetime commitment to  serving your fellow service members and veterans. That's something to  take great pride in.

You'll also enjoy many great benefits of being a Life member! You will:

  • Avoid annual dues and renewals.
  • Maintain your membership in any Post you choose, worldwide!
  • Never pay an increase in dues—Guaranteed!
  • Receive a 10% discount on exclusive VFW Store merchandise for the first year.

You can become a VFW Life member by making a one-time payment,  or you can pay for your Life membership through our installment plan  with an initial $45 payment and the Life membership amount billed over  an 11-month period.Life Membership 

By becoming a VFW Life member, you make a lifetime commitment to  serving your fellow service members and veterans. That's something to  take great pride in.

You'll also enjoy many great benefits of being a Life member! You will:

  • Avoid annual dues and renewals.
  • Maintain your membership in any Post you choose, worldwide!
  • Never pay an increase in dues—Guaranteed!
  • Receive a 10% discount on exclusive VFW Store merchandise for the first year.

You can become a VFW Life member by making a one-time payment,  or you can pay for your Life membership through our installment plan  with an initial $45 payment and the Life membership amount billed over  an 11-month period.