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ARLINGTON VFW POST 981 REPRESENTS THE COMMUNITIES OF ARLINGTON HEIGHTS - BUFFALO GROVE - PALATINE - ROLLING MEADOWS - WHEELING, ILLINOIS
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  Joining the Veterans of Foreign Wars

The fundamental difference between our organization and other veterans organizations, and one in which we take great pride, is our eligibility qualifications.



Do You Qualify?

If you have received a campaign medal for overseas service or have ever received hostile fire or imminent danger pay, then you're eligible to join our ranks.

This encompasses the major wars of WWII, Korea, Vietnam, Desert Storm, Iraq, and Afghanistan.  It also encompasses action in Panama, Grenada, Kosovo to name a few.  Support of those wars in areas adjacent to the actual countries are included in many cases.

Occupation duty after WWII until 1956 in most foreign areas, duty in Berlin prior to November 1990, and service on the Korean penninsula at any time up through the present will also qualify you.

The official Veterans of Foreign Wars Complete Eligibility list can be accessed by clicking on the following:

VFW Eligibility


I'm Not Sure Whether I Can Join

Come 15 minutes before one of our regular meetings.  Bring a copy of your DD214 and other documents like orders, TDY assignments, etc that show your service.  Fill out the following application:

VFW Post 981 Application

Our post officers will welcome you and help you determine whether you can join us.


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VFW Post 981 monthly meetings are at American Legion Post 208 located at 121 N. Douglas, Arlington Heights IL 60004.  For directions check their website or call 847-253-6632


   If you are interested in further information call our Vice-Commander, Tony Kochanny at 708-598-8000.

Or send an e-mail to vfwpost981@gmail.com  or mail us at P.O. Box 825, Arlington Heights, IL 60006.


Last Updated October 13 2021