The VFW Auxiliary started with a small group of
women who wanted to serve veterans. Today, we
have nearly 465,000 members representing all 50
states and the District of Columbia.
Help us grow by asking someone you know to join
us and help us serve veterans and their
families, active-duty military and their
families, and promote patriotism across our
VFW Auxiliary Members:
Must be citizens of the United States or a
United States National, and at least 16 years
Those eligible are:
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.
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Proof of service is required for eligibility and
must be obtained by the applicant.
Many of our Post members do not realize that all
of these members of their families can join.
Some believe that is just their husband and/or
wives. So, please encourage members that you
know who have husbands, wives, sisters,
brothers, mothers, fathers, etc., who are not
already members to join. They do not have to
live within the same state as your membership to
join the Auxiliary. We already have many out of
state members within our own Auxiliary. Some
joined here, then moved, and some were signed up
by one of their family members here.
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As part of a National Organization, there are
several different levels to the Ladies
Auxiliary. These same levels are used in
our Parent Organization (the VFW) as well.
Local Auxiliaries are established as a
subordinate organization to the local VFW Post.
One business meeting must be held each month
(some Auxiliaries hold more than one).
Local officers are elected every April, and are
installed later on (usually in May). The
new officers assume their duties after the
installation of the State (Department) President
at the Department Convention (usually in June).
The National Bylaws allow for a level called the
County Council, made up of all Auxiliaries and
Post within the County. Texas does not have any
County Councils, although some states do.
Each state may be broken up into Districts.
Most States have Districts (but not all).
Districts meet once each quarter, with the
location rotating to different Posts in the
Districts are formed to act as a school of
instruction to members. The District
President acts as the liaison between the State
Officers and the Local members. She visits
each Auxiliary in her District each year, and
insures that they carry out the business in a
proper manner. But she also brings information
from State, and carries the concerns of the
members to the attention of the State Officers.
Each District President is also considered a
State Officer, since she represents her District
on the State level. She sits on the State
Council of Administration, which votes on the
business of the State.
Any member in good standing of any Auxiliary in
the District may attend the District meetings
and may be a District Officer. District
officers are elected at a District Convention at
the spring meeting each year. The District
Officers are installed at that same meeting, and
assume office when the State President is
The Department holds three meetings each year, a
Fall Council meeting, a Winter Council Meeting,
and the State Convention in June, where the
State Officers are elected and installed.
The Department Convention is the governing body
of the State organization. However, between the
Conventions, the Council of Administration
conducts the business of the State. Members of
the Council of Administration are the State
Officers, the District Presidents, and the four
most recent Past Department Presidents.
Any member in good standing of any Auxiliary in
the State may attend the State meetings and may
run for Department Officer.
The National Organization is broken down into
four different Conferences. Each
Conference holds two meetings per year, one in
the Fall (location rotates to each state in
order within that specific Conference) and one
held in conjunction with the National Convention
each summer one held within the National
Convention. Conference Officers are
elected and installed at the summer meeting.
Elected Officers of the Conference are the
President, Vice President, Chaplain and
Treasurer. The President appoints all
other officers. The President of the
Conference rotates to each state in order, so
each state in that Conference has a Conference
President only once in 14 years.
To ensure that National Officers are not all
from the same part of the country, each year, a
Conference takes a turn in submitting candidates
for National office. Therefore, once each
4 years, the National Guard will be selected
from candidates from that Conference.
Any member in good standing of an Auxiliary in
that Conference may run for National Guard. Once
elected as Guard, it is customary that they
proceed up through the chairs until they serve
as National President. However, according
to the Bylaws, any member in good standing of an
Auxiliary may run for any elected office.
Twice each year, members from all over the
nation gather. Just like at the State
level, the delegates to the National
organization meet to promote programs, give
awards and elect National officers. But in
addition, they vote on proposed changes to the
National Bylaws, and see special people being
honored as outstanding achievers. The
National President holds the Mid Year Conference
in the spring each year in a location selected.
The Auxiliary National Convention is held in
August each year, in conjunction with the VFW
National Convention, with the location being
selected by the VFW Headquarters.
The National Convention is the governing body of
the National organization. However,
between the Conventions, the National Council of
Administration conducts the business of the
organization. Members of the Council of
Administration are the National Officers, the
National Council Members that represent each
National District, and the most recent four Past
The VFW National Headquarters is located in
Kansas City, MO, in the same building as the VFW
National Headquarters. The Auxiliary
National Secretary-Treasurer is located in that
Headquarters office, along with a support staff
and the Auxiliary Supply Department.