Who is eligible?  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.
How do I join?  You can simply stop by the Post to fill out an application.  The Carter-Smith Post is located at: 12650 Lindo Lane in Lakeside.  Or, contact us if we can be of assistance:  (619) 443-0556 /

What do I need to complete my application?  There are three qualifiers for membership in the VFW, as set out in our By-Laws. An individual must meet all three in order to become a member. They are as follows:

1. Citizenship – You must be a U.S. citizen or U.S. National.


2. Honorable Service – You must have served in the Armed Forces of the United States and either received a discharge of Honorable or General (Under Honorable Conditions) or be currently serving.


3. Service in a war, campaign, or expedition on foreign soil or in hostile waters. This can be proven by any of the following:  an authorized campaign medal, receipt of Hostile Fire Pay or Imminent Danger Pay (verified by a military pay statement), or service in Korea for 30 consecutive or 60 non-consecutive days.


This information can usually be found on a Veteran's DD-214.  If a DD-214 is not available or complete, contact the National Personnel Records Center online or call (314) 801-0800 to request more information.


Please contact the Commanders at or call the Post 619-443-0556


The VFW appreciates your service, and so do patriotic businesses across the country. That's why we've teamed up to offer you -as a VFW member- and your family discounted pricing on valuable merchandise and services.  It's just one more way we're able to say, "thank you" for all you've done to protect our freedom! 
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