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Wars may be fought with weapons, but they are won by men.  
- General George Patton Jr



Q. What are subscription dues and how do they work?

A. Subscription dues are just like a magazine subscription. It gives you 365 days of membership in the VFW. With this being the first year that they are coming into effect it will be a process that we are not use to. The basic breakdown of what is going to happen is:

If you are an annual member and you pay your dues before Jan your expiration will be Jan 2015. If you pay after that date whatever day your dues are processed at National will be the new expiration date. Example would be that you send in your dues to National on 1 Feb 2015 and National processed them on the 15 Feb. Your new expiration date would be 15 Feb 2016.

Q. How much are Membership Dues & When are they due?

A. Annual membership Dues $39 and due on the anniversary of the date you joined the VFW or the date of annual renewal.

Student Vet's Annual membership is $20.


How do I get copies of my military records, such as a DD-214?


You can contact the National Personnel Records Center at 314-801-0800 or via its website. In addition to providing copies of military records, they can update records to correct errors or reflect awards that may have been issued retroactively.


I'm active-duty. Am I eligible for membership in the VFW?


Whether you're active-duty or retired from the military, you are eligible to join if you meet our eligibility requirements.


Can the VFW assist me with my VA claim?


Yes. VFW Service Officers are trained professionals, skilled in navigating the complex VA claims process and helping veterans to recover billions in VA benefits and compensation each year. Whether you're just preparing to file a claim or considering filing an appeal to your disability rating, find a VFW Service Officer in your area to get the assistance you've earned - free of charge. And you don't have to be a member to take advantage of this service.


How do I make a donation to the VFW Post 8185?


There are several ways you can donate to the VFW to help America’s veterans. You can donate in the form of cash, check or money order by mailing your donation directly to: 

Jerry Skrivanek Post 8185
P.O. Box 44 
Port Deposit, MD 21904

Give us a call at 410-642-9297 with any more questions about donations.


We also accept anything in good condition from walkers, medical beds, wheelchairs.. etc


What programs and services does the VFW provide?


Since its founding in 1899, the VFW has enacted many programs and services geared to meet  the current needs of America's service members, veterans and military families, as well to meet community needs worldwide. VA claims assistance, legislative advocacy, troop support programs, youth activities, community service and scholarship are a few of the ways we work to give back to those who've given so much for all of us. 


How much of my donation goes to support veterans?


The VFW operates as a non-profit corporation through a special charter granted by U.S. Congress. However, the VFW is not a government agency, and therefore receives no financial support from the government. We depend primarily on support from patriotic citizens like you. Our organization complies with the highest ethical standards and is working to create the most cost-efficient fundraising outreach in our history. Over the last decade, nearly 80% of support received from VFW members and patriotic Americans was applied directly to veterans service, community service, legislative advocacy and military service programs worldwide.


I am not a Veteran of foreign conflict, but I have a family member who is. Can I join the VFW based on their service?


You must be a veteran who has honorably served overseas in an area of foreign conflict in order to join the VFW. However, if you are not eligible for VFW membership but are the parent, grandparent, spouse, sibling, child or grandchild of a qualifying veteran, you can apply for membership in the VFW Auxiliary. Visit the VFW Auxiliary website or call 816-561-8655 for more information.


What are the requirement to join the VFW Auxiliary? 


Eligibility Requirements for VFW Auxiliary Membership:

Members must be citizens of the United States or a United States National, and at least 16 years old.

Those eligible are:

·         Husband/Wife

·         Widower/Widow

·         Father/Mother

·         Grandfathers/Grandmothers

·         Sons/Daughters

·         Grandsons/Granddaughters

·         Brothers/Sisters

Of persons who were or are eligible for membership in the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States.

Those eligible for membership in the VFW are those that have received a campaign medal for overseas service; have served 30 consecutive or 60 non-consecutive days in Korea; or have ever received hostile fire or imminent danger pay. Click here for more information.

Step- and adopted parents, children, siblings (and half-siblings), grandparents and grandchildren are considered the same as biological parents, children, siblings, grandparents and grandchildren and may join the VFW Auxiliary under their VFW-eligible veteran.

Proof of service is required for eligibility and must be obtained by the applicant.

Information on a veteran’s service record can be obtained by contacting:
National Archives and Records Administration
Phone: 1-866-272-6272

·         Veterans Service Records: http://www.archives.gov/veterans/military-service-records/

·         4-Step Veteran Request Process: https://vetrecs.archives.gov/VeteranRequest/home.html

·         Military Records Request Using Standard Form 180 (SF-180): http://www.archives.gov/veterans/military-service-records/standard-form-180.html

If you have membership questions or need more information, please contact us at info@vfwauxiliary.org.


What is the VFW Auxiliary? 


For more than 100 years, the VFW Auxiliary has been fulfilling its original objectives by supporting the Veterans of Foreign Wars, serving veterans, active-duty military and their families, and spreading patriotism nationwide.

Our members have volunteered millions of hours, donated millions of dollars and honored hundreds of thousands of veterans. Volunteer with us and celebrate the freedoms we enjoy in America.


Since 1914, the VFW Auxiliary has united Americans from all walks of life with a common purpose: to improve the lives of veterans, active-duty military and their families, and our communities.

Our programs are designed to bring needed services, information and assistance to these target groups. Take a tour through our programs and learn how you can join us and make a difference in the lives of veterans, active-duty military and their families.


More than 490,000 members in nearly 4,000 Auxiliaries across the nation work to improve the lives of veterans, active-duty military and their families, and their communities in a variety of ways. Read the articles below and learn how Auxiliaries across the country are making a positive impact:

·         Suicide Awareness: Saving Lives One Sign at a Time

·         Nickels for the Nursery

·         A Family of Firsts

·         Remembering Veterans with Flags of Honor

·         Aloha & Therapy: A Rehabilitative Scuba Trip

·         Sowing Seeds, Growing Goodwill

·         Auxiliaries Make Home Sweeter

·         Smiles for Veterans

·         Nebraska Group Sends Care Packages Half a World Away

·         Twin Missions: Sisters Support Veterans Together

When you join the VFW Auxiliary, you’ll have the opportunity to:

·         Support  Veterans, Active-Duty Military and Their Families
The VFW Auxiliary offers numerous avenues for service, such as hospital volunteering, the adoption of military units and promoting patriotism. Anyone with a heart for veterans can count their membership as an important way to stand with veterans and the military community on Capitol Hill and in local legislative battles affecting them.

·         Develop New Skills
The VFW Auxiliary offers numerous ways for members to acquire and utilize skills such as leadership, public speaking, fundraising, event planning and community outreach.

·         Network and Develop Friendships
Through local and national events, members have the chance to meet people from all walks of life and many career backgrounds, creating a vast network of people who are passionate about veterans, active-duty military, and their families.

·         Receive Service Benefits
The VFW Auxiliary is pleased to offer members access to one of the nation’s largest networks of money-saving products and services in the insurance and benefits industry.

·         Discounted policies for life, health, accident, long-term care and dental insurance, along with many other benefit plans. 

·         Access to discounts on products and services that are important to you – including local offers!

·         Credit cards and certain financial services are available through USAA.

Learn more about our eligibility requirements and how to become a member. Have questions? Check out our FAQ or contact us at info@vfwauxiliary.org.


Q. How do I donate to the VFW?


There are several ways you can donate to the VFW to help America’s veterans. You can donate online via credit card (Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express) or PayPal account, or in the form of cash, check or money order by mailing your donation directly to: 

Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States 
406 W. 34th Street
Kansas City, MO 64111

We also offer a monthly, quarterly, biannual or annual donation program and electronic fund transfer (EFT). For more information on any of these options, please contact our Donor Services Department by email or phone at: 816-756-3390, ext. 7108.

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