Why Join the VFW?
Because our strength comes from you.
Simply put, the VFW strives to do good things for deserving people; particularly veterans, their families, and their communities. From local grassroots ideas to national influence, we work every day to make a difference. It's our strength as an organization. And, with each individual membership, we only grow stronger.
Post 2164 Member Categories
We are privileged to include among our membership not only veterans of foreign wars but also Ladies Auxiliary and Men’s Auxiliary members, as well as Friends of the Post.
If you’re interested in joining our Post, we’re sure to have a category that’s perfect for you!
The fundamental difference between us and other veterans’ organizations—and one in which we take great pride—is our eligibility qualifications. To be eligible for VFW membership, you must meet these three prerequisites: (1) You must be a US citizen or a US national; (2) You must have an honorable discharge from the US Armed Forces; and (3) You have earned a campaign or service medal for overseas service, or served at least 30 consecutive or 60 non-consecutive days in Korea anytime since 1949, or received hostile-fire or imminent-danger pay. LEARN MORE
She Serves is an outreach of the VFW that honors the service and sacrifices of women veterans and unites them in sisterhood. If you're a woman who has served in hostile territory, you're eligible for VFW support, resources and discounts. Learn more about the benefits and perks you're entitled to as a female veteran.
Mens Auxiliary Membership
The Men's Auxiliary of VFW Post 2164 actively supports the veteran assistance programs and community activities of the Post. Wherever and whenever the Post needs help, our men are ready to lend a hand. We also host our events that help us fundraise for causes that we feel help veterans and other members of our local communities.We are a diverse group of individuals with a common thread of having a parent, spouse or sibling who served in harm’s way. Some of the men in the Auxiliary are also veterans but their military service was not in a place or time to qualify for membership in the VFW.
Our Pancake Breakfasts and other events help us support a wide range of organizations that include the Lowell Elementary School in Wheaton, Midwest Shelter for Homeless Veterans in Wheaton, cancer walks, SIDS research, and local school events. The Auxiliary is also able at times to provide financial aid to both members and non members. LEARN MORE
As Auxiliary members we are active partners supporting the centerpiece program of the VFW National Military Services (NMS) program that covers Military Assistance Program (MAP), Operation Uplink, and Unmet Needs. The NMS program is one way to offer support and boost morale of our military service members and their families. The Auxiliary Veterans and Family Support Program works closely with the NMS to meet the needs of both aging veterans and those returning from current conflicts. It also highlights our Buddy Poppy and VFW National Home for Children programs.
Friends of the Post Membership
Post 2164 welcomes all who wish to belong to our VFW, even if they don’t meet the qualifications for Post or Auxilary membership. We call them Friends of the Post and their support and camaraderie contribute greatly to our success. We’d like to welcome you as a friend!