State Commanders Membership Program

To join the first VFW Post in Australia, please fill out the Application Form and email it to the MEMBERSHIP CHAIRMAN at MEMBERSHIP@VFWNY.COM or send a message via our Facebook page.  ALL COMBAT U.S. VETERANS ARE WELCOME!

As yesterday's defenders of freedom, we want to welcome today's military service members into our ranks to become part of our elite group. Our common bond is the battlefield, whether it is service in the Persian Gulf, Korea, Kosovo, the Global War on Terrorism, or peace-keeping expeditionary campaigns.  Your courage and sacrifice have made a difference in preserving and defending world peace.  If you 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, then you're eligible to join our ranks with full membership. 
To become one of the 'elite' with full membership, prospective members must meet the following eligibility requirements:

Full Membership Eligibility for the VFW 


By becoming a VFW Life member, you make a lifetime commitment to serving your fellow service
members and veterans.  You'll also enjoy many great benefits of being a Life member!  You will:
  • Avoid annual dues, renewals and monthly installments.
  • Maintain your membership in any Post you choose, worldwide!
  • Never pay an increase in dues—guaranteed!
  • Receive a 10% discount on exclusive VFW Store merchandise for the first year. 
You can become a VFW Life member by making a one-time payment directly to the Post via Credit Card or Bank Transfer payment.  A Life membership installment plan is available through the VFW website ( with an initial $45 USD payment and the Life membership amount billed over an 11-month period.  Installment Plan

Legacy Life Membership 

Legacy Life membership enables VFW Life members to leave a lasting impression on our great organization. 

Three prestigious levels of Legacy Life membership are available: Gold, Silver and Bronze.
Each level offers generous benefits reserved exclusively for Legacy Life members. Once your Legacy Life membership begins, an annual endowment in your name will be made to your Post, Department and the national organization. You will feel confident knowing your contributions to our organization are not only helping today’s veterans but the veterans of tomorrow.

You may also purchase a Memorial Legacy in the name of a deceased VFW Annual or Life member to help future generations know and remember their sacrifice and contributions.
View our list of current Legacy Life members by state

For more information on Membership Contact the State Membership Chair
Eugene Ratigliano