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

Qualifying Service Medals:

China Service Medal  • American Defense Service Medal  • American Campaign Medal

• European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal  • Army of Occupation Medal

• Asiatic-Pacific Campaign 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

If a veteran’s DD-214 or other military documentation confirms they have been awarded one of these campaign medals and they have served honorably then they are eligible for membership in the Veterans of Foreign Wars. 

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

Interested? Contact the VFW Nebraska Headquarters for more information on membership and how to join


Tel: 402-464-0674

Fax: 402-464-0675

John Liebsack:

Jeff Baker: 

Larry Gerlt:


The VFW has a long history CLICK HERE  Did you Know