Who We Are: Veterans. Citizens. Families.

We are the Veterans of Foreign Wars—or VFW for short. Originally founded in 1899 as the American Veterans of Foreign Service, the VFW continues to be a voice for returning and currently deployed servicemembers and their families. The 2.4 million members of the VFW and its Auxiliaries are located in 8,500 VFW posts around the world. We welcome everyone who meets VFW eligibility requirements, regardless of age, race, religion, or gender. 

What We Do . . . In Our Communities

The VFW is a grass-roots organization. Unlike other groups, virtually all of our membership is managed at the state or post levels. The organization’s foundation is the VFW post. Though there are many proud VFW halls around this country, many VFW posts do not own property. A post is its membership. A post’s character is determined by that membership. Some are known for the amount of time members volunteer at local VA centers and in their towns; others are known for their social events amongst members; others still have membership scattered around the world but stay in touch through the Internet.