Eligibility

Eligibility Information

VFW membership is available to all U.S. Citizens, honorably discharged from the U.S. armed forces and who have earned an overseas campaign medal as indicated below:

Campaign Medal Military Service Period During Which 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 Jul 1898 -20 May 1902

Army of Puerto Rican Occupation
Army 14 Aug 1898 -10 Dec 1898

Philippine Campaign
Army 04 Feb 1899 -31 Dec 1913
Navy 04 Feb 1899 -15 Sep 1906

China Campaign
Army 20 Jun 1900 -27 May 1901

China Relief Expedition
Navy 05 Apr 1900 -27 May 1901

Army of Cuban Pacification
Army 06 Oct 1906 -01 Apr 1909

Cuban Pacification
Navy 12 Sep 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 Jul 1912 -14 Nov 1912

Haitian Campaign
Navy 09 Jul 1915 -06 Dec 1915.
01 Apr 1919 -15 Jun 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 Jul 1923

Second Nicaraguan Campaign
Navy 27 Aug 1926 -02 Jan 1933

Yangtze Service
Navy 03 Sep 1926 -21 Oct 1927.
01 Mar 1930 -31 Dec 1932.

China Service
Navy 07 Jul 1937 -07 Sep 1939.
02 Sep 1945 -01 Apr 1957.

American Defense Service (with Foreign Service Clasp)
Army-Navy 08 Sep 1939 -07 Dec 1941

American Campaign
(30 consecutive days or 60 days non-consecutive 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
Italy 09 May 1945 -15 Sep 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 Jul 1955
Korea 03 Sep 1945 -29 Jun 1949
Japan 03 Sep 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 Sep 1945 -27 Apr 1952

Korean Service Medal
Army, Navy, Air Force 27 Jun 1950 -27 Jul 1954

Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
30 consec. or 60 non-consec. days of duty
Berlin 14 Aug 1961 -01 Jun 1963
Lebanon 01 Jul 1958 -01 Nov 1958
Quemoy & Matsu Island 23 Aug 1958 -01 June 1963
Taiwan Straits 23 Aug 1958 -01 Jan. 1959
Congo 14 Jul 1960 -01 Sep 1962. 23-27 Nov 1964.
Laos 19 Apr 1961 -07 Oct 1962
Vietnam 01 Jul 1958 -03 Jul 1965
Cuba 24 Oct 1962 -01 Jun 1963
Dominican Republic 28 Apr 1965 -21 Sep 1966
Korea 01 Oct 1966 -30 Jun 1974
Cambodia 29 Mar 1973 -15 Aug 1973
Thailand (in direct support of Cambodia Operation) 29 Mar 1973 -15 Aug 1973
Operation Eagle Pull-Evacuation of Cambodia 11-13 Apr 1975
Operation Frequent Wind-Evacuation of Vietnam 29-30 Apr 1975
Mayaguez Operation 15 May 1975
Operation Urgent Fury-Grenada 23 Oct 1983 -21 Nov 1983
Lebanon 01 Jun 1983 -01 Dec 1987
Libyan Operation- El Dorado Canyon 12-17 Apr 1986
Persian Gulf-Operation Earnest Will 24 July 1987 -02 Aug. 1990
Panama-Operation Just Cause 20 Dec 1989 -31 Jan 1990
Somalia-United Shield-Operation Restore Hope 05 Dec 1992 -31 Mar 1995
Haiti-Operation Uphold Democracy 16 Sep 1994 -31 Mar 1995
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
El Salvador 01 Jan 1981 -01 Feb 1992
Bosnia-Operation Joint Endeavor (Bosnia, Croatia, the Adriatic Sea & airspace) 20 Nov 1995 -20 Dec 1996
Operation Joint Guard (Bosnia, Croatia, Adriatic Sea & airspace) 20 Dec 1996 -20 Jun 1998
Operation Vigilant Sentinel (Persian Gulf, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait) 01 Dec 1995 -01 Sep 1997
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 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 Forge – (Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Adriatic Sea & airspace) 21 Jun. 1998 -31 Dec 2000
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, Jordan, Gulf of Oman, USF Red Sea support 16 Dec 1998 -22 Dec 1998

Navy & Marine Corps Expeditionary Medal
Thailand Military Operation 16 May 1962 -10 Aug 1962
Cuban Military Operation 03 Jan 1961 -23 Oct 1962
Iranian, Yemen & Indian Ocean Operation 08 Dec 1978 -06 Jun 1979. 21 Nov 1979 -20 Oct 1981.
Lebanon 20 Aug 1982 -31 May 1983
Libyan Expedition 20 Jan 1986 -27 Jun 1986
Persian Gulf 01 Feb 1987 -23 Jul 1987
Panama – (pre and post invasion) 01 Apr 1988 -19 Dec 1989. 01 Feb 1990 -13 Jun 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 Medal04 Jul 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 -11 Apr 1991.
30 Nov 1995.

Combat Action Ribbon
01 Mar 1961 -Indeterminate
Combat Infantry Badge & Combat Medical Badge
06 Dec 1941 -Indeterminate

Korean Service (no campaign medal issued)
Service on the Korean Peninsula, or in its territorial waters for thirty (30), consecutive or sixty (60) nonconsecutive days. 30 Jun 1949 -26 Jun 1950. 28 Jul 1954-20 Sep 1966.
01 Jul 1974 – Open

Kosovo Campaign Medal
Allied Force 24 Mar 1999 -10 Jun 1999
Joint Guardian 11 Jun 1999 -indeterminate
Allied Harbour 04 Apr 1999 -01 Sep 1999
Sustain Hope
Shining Hope 04 Apr 1999 -10 Jul 1999
Noble Anvil 24 Mar 1999 -20 Jul 1999
Kosovo Task Force Hawk 05 Apr 1999 -24 Jun 1999
Kosovo Task Force Saber 31 Mar 1999 -08 Jul 1999
Kosovo Task Force Falcon 11 Jun 1999 -indeterminate
Kosovo Task Force Hunter 01 Apr 1999 -01 Nov 1999

Kosovo Air Campaign
Serbia, Montenegro, Albania, Macedonia, Bosnia, Croatia, Hungary, Romania, Greece, Bulgaria, Italy, Slovenia, Adriatic & Ionian Seas 24 Mar 1999 -10 Jun 1999

Kosovo Defense Campaign
Serbia, Montenegro, Albania,
Macedonia, Adriatic Seas 11 Jun 1999 -indeterminate
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