Deceased Life members - LM payouts

- 9/12/2019

In a continuing effort to maintain accurate information on our members, the VFW recently conducted an extensive database scrub to remove deceased members from the rosters.  This resulted in identifying over 88,000 life members as being deceased.  These members were all over the age of 75 and were matched by numerous data points with a national database to determine their deceased status.   We are sending letters to all posts and departments with the names of their members who are now marked in our records as deceased as a result of this data scrub.  The post and department quartermasters will have an opportunity to correct any errors if they know for a fact that someone on the list is alive.


These members have been removed from OMS and Memstats.  As such, they will not be included in the September life membership payout.  Anyone added back in before November 1, will have a life membership payout made on them in the January payouts.


We recognize that this will have an impact on both your member count and your life member payouts.  The Commander-in-Chief is planning to offer amnesty on these members.  We are working with the National Council of Administration on a plan to lessen the financial impact to posts and departments.  We will announce that at an appropriate time.


Please be assured that as we move forward, the impact of the reported deaths is our first and foremost concern. Once a decision has been determined, we will notify you immediately.


If you have any questions please contact Quartermaster General Debra Anderson ( or 816.756.3390, ext 6777).




Kevin C. Jones

Adjutant General

VFW National Headquarters

406 W. 34th Street

Kansas City, Missouri 64111








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