Unwavering Support for Uncommon Heroes
For more than 100 years, the VFW Auxiliary has been fulfilling its original objectives by supporting the Veterans of Foreign Wars, serving veterans, service members 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.
We receive numerous questions about eligibility at National Headquarters. One of the most common is: Why are in-laws, cousins, aunts/uncles, nephews/nieces and great-grandparents and great-grandchildren NOT eligible for the VFW Auxiliary?
The answer is that the IRS determines the degrees of separation from the veteran that qualify for membership in a veterans’ service organization auxiliary. The relationship must be within two degrees of “consanguinity” in order to be eligible. That means two generations back (i.e., parents or grandparents) or forward (i.e. children or grandchildren).
Other common questions include: How do I know if I’m eligible to join? How can I prove my veteran is eligible? How can I find some of these documents if I or my veteran don’t have them?
Does my veteran have to be retired from the military? If I am a veteran who is VFW eligible and want to join the Auxiliary, can I? Do I have to belong to a local Auxiliary?
Find the answers to these and other frequently asked questions on the National website here: https://vfwauxiliary.org/about-us/faq/