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VFW ELIGIBILITY
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American Defense Service Medal - 08 Sept. 1939 / 07 Dec. 1941 Air Force Action Campaign Medal Combat Action Ribbon Combat Infantryman Badge Combat Acton Badge SSBN Deterrent Patrol Insignia Combat Medical Badge Coast Guard Combat Action Ribbon Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon with Gold Combat Frame Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal Navy Expeditionary Medal Afghanistan Campaign Medal Marine Corps Expeditionary Medal Iraq Campaign Medal Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal American Campaign Medal Kosovo Campaign Medal Army of Occupation Medal Southwest Asia Service Medal Korea Defense Service Medal Navy Occupation Service Medal Vietnam Service Medal Korean Service Medal China Service Medal Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal

The Wars

 
WWII  Korean  Vietnam  Persian Gulf War  Kosovo  Sarajavo
 
Operation Iraqi Freedom  Operation Enduring Freedom  


Am I Eligible?

 

The fundamental difference between the VFW and other veteran organizations, and one in which we take great pride, is our eligibility qualifications.

There are three requisites for membership in the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States:

  • Citizenship
  • Honorable military service
  • Service entitling the applicant to the award of a recognized campaign medal or as set forth in the Congressional Charter and/or VFW bylaws.

Checking Eligibility

Checking eligibility is comparatively simple, assuming the first two requirements are met. The next step would be to check eligibility. A potential applicant must have served overseas and earned a campaign or service medal recognized by the VFW as meeting the campaign medal requisite for VFW membership. (The only exceptions are a combat action ribbon, imminent danger or hostile fire pay, or for service in Korea after June 30, 1949, until present.)

Discharges issued during and immediately after the close of World War II have a section on the back listing the medals and decorations which have been earned. Persons discharged later received a DD-214, "Report of Separation" form, which has a space showing medals and decorations.

Lost separation documents can be replaced by completing and submitting Standard Form 180, "Request Pertaining to Military Records." There is always a possibility of an omission on the separation documents. If an applicant claims entitlement to a medal which is not shown on the individual's separation papers, that person may request verification and correction of records by submitting a Standard Form 180.

The Standard Form 180 is available from any office of the Veterans Administration or by contacting our Veterans Service Officer. The form must be completed and signed by the veteran in order to receive the information requested or authorize the release of the information to the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Requesting Military Records

To request your military service, medical or awards record, complete a Standard Form 180, (Request Pertaining to Military Records). All forms are in PDF format and require Adobe Acrobat Reader, which is available free online. Mail the form to the address listed. More information on requesting service record information is available at National Archives and Records Administration.


Proof of Eligibility

You must produce documentation of earned requirements - such as a copy of DD 214, DD 215, or 201 file.

If you have misplaced or lost your DD-214 you can request a copy by using the link "Request Military Records". If you have entitlement to a medal, not shown on your separation papers, you may request verification and correction of records by submitting a DD-149 using the link "Military Records Corrections" or you may submit a Standard Form 180 for both Military Records and Corrections.

Please remember the burden of proof for eligibility is yours. Our Quartermaster or Service Officer can assist you.

Military records also can be requested online at
National Archives eVetRecs.

 

Campaign Medal Military Service Period 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 July 1898
20 May 1902
Army of Puerto Rico Occupation Army 14 Aug. 1898
10 Dec. 1898
Philippine Campaign Army 04 Feb. 1899
31 Dec. 1913
  Navy 04 Feb.1899
15 Sept. 1906
China Relief Expedition Army 20 June 1900
27 May 1901
  Navy 05 Apr. 1900
27 May 1901
Cuban Pacification Army 06 Oct. 1906
01 Apr. 1909
Cuban Pacification Navy 12 Sept. 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 July 1912
14 Nov. 1912
Haitian Campaign Navy 09 July 1915
06 Dec. 1915
01 Apr. 1919
15 June 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 July 1923
Second Nicaraguan Campaign Navy 27 Aug. 1926
02 Jan. 1933
Yangtze Service Navy 03 Sept. 1926
21 Oct. 1927
01 Mar. 1930
31 Dec. 1932
China Service Navy 07 July 1937
07 Sept. 1939
02 Sept. 1945
01 Apr. 1957
American Defense Service
(with Foreign Service Clasp)
Army-Navy 08 Sept. 1939
07 Dec. 1941
American Campaign
(30 consecutive days or 60 days non-consecutive days of 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 of duty
Italy 09 May 1945
15 Sept. 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 July 1955
  Korea 03 Sept. 1945
29 June 1949
  Japan 03 Sept. 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 Sept. 1945
27 Apr. 1952
Korean Service Medal Army, Navy, Air Force 27 June 1950
27 July 1954
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
30 consec. or 60 non-consec. days of duty
Lebanon 01 July 1958
01 Nov. 1958
  Taiwan Straits 23 Aug. 1958
01 Jan. 1959
  Quemoy & Matsu Island 23 Aug. 1958
01 June 1963
  Vietnam 01 July 1958
03 July 1965
  Congo 14 July 1960
01 Sept. 1962
23-27 Nov. 1964
  Laos 19 Apr. 1961
07 Oct. 1962
  Berlin 14 Aug. 1961
01 June 1963
  Cuba 24 Oct. 1962
01 June 1963
  Dominican Republic 28 Apr. 1965
21 Sept. 1966
  Korea 01 Oct. 1966
30 June 1974
  Cambodia 29 Mar. 1973
15 Aug. 1973
  Thailand (in direct support
of Cambodia)
29 Mar. 1973
15 Aug. 1973
  Operation Eagle Pull-Cambodia
(includes evacuation)
11-13 Apr. 1975
  Operation Frequent Wind-Vietnam (includes evacuation) 29-30 Apr. 1975
  Mayaguez Operation 15 May 1975
  El Salvador 01 Jan. 1981
01 Feb. 1992
  Lebanon 01 June 1983
01 Dec. 1987
  Operation Urgent Fury - Grenada 23 Oct. 1983
21 Nov. 1983
  El Dorado Canyon-Libya 12-17 Apr. 1986
  Persian Gulf-Operation Earnest Will (only those participating in, or in direct support) 24 July 1987
02 Aug. 1990
  Panama-Operation Just Cause
(USS Vreeland & other SVS-designated aircrew mbrs. outside the Conus in direct suppport)
20 Dec. 1989
31 Jan. 1990
  Somalia-United Shield-Operation Restore Hope 05 Dec. 1992
31 Mar. 1995
  Haiti-Operation Uphold Democracy 16 Sept. 1994
31 Mar. 1995
  Bosnia-Operation Joint Endeavor(Bosnia, Croatia, the Adriatic Sea & airspace) 20 Nov. 1995
20 Dec. 1996
  Operation Vigilant Sentinel (Persian Gulf, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait) 01 Dec. 1995
1 Sept., 1997
  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
  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 Guard
(Bosnia, Croatia, Adriatic Sea & airspace)
20 Dec. 1996
June 20, 1998
  El Salvador 01 Jan. 1981
01 Feb. 1992
  Operation Joint Guard
(Bosnia, Croatia, Adriatic Sea & airspace)
20 Dec. 1996
June 20, 1998
  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 Joint Forge - (Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Adriatic Sea & airspace) 21 Jun. 1998
Indeterminate
  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, UAE, Oman, Yemen, Egypt, Jordan, Gulf of Oman, USF Red Sea support 16 Dec. 1998
22 Dec. 1998
Navy & Marine Corps Expeditionary Medal Cuban Military Operation 03 Jan. 1961
23 Oct. 1962
  Thailand Military Operation 16 May 1962
10 Aug. 1962
  Iranian, Yemen & Indian Ocean Operation 08 Dec. 1978
06 June 1979
21 Nov. 1979
20 Oct. 1981
  Lebanon 20 Aug. 1982
31 May 1983
  Libyan Expedition 20 Jan. 1986
27 June 1986
  Persian Gulf 01 Feb. 1987
23 July 1987
  Panama - (pre and post invasion) 01 Apr. 1988
19 Dec. 1989
01 Feb. 1990
13 June 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 July 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
-Apr. 11, 1991
 
Combat Action Ribbon Navy, Marine, Coast Guard 01 Mar. 1961
Indeterminate
Combat Infantry Badge & Combat Medical Badge Army 06 Dec. 1941
Indeterminate
Korea Duty
 
Service on the Korean Peninsula, or in
its territorial waters for thirty (30)/consecutive or sixty (60)
nonconsecutive days.
30 June 1949
Open
Kosovo Campaign Medal (KCM) Operation Allied Force
Kosovo Air Campaign
24 Mar. 1999
10 June 1999.
  Kosovo Defense Campaign- Ground Action 11 June 1999
TBD
Hostile Fire or Imminent Danger Pay Hostile Fire or Imminent Danger Pay for more information check VFW Home Page  


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