Duane T. Sarmiento


Membership Mission

To recruit, retain, and mentor a stable membership base, including all generations of veterans. To cultivate a membership that is well versed in institutional knowledge and actively involved at all levels of the organization and in the local community. To establish Posts with a strong tradition of service, leadership, and community outreach. 

Membership Goals

  1. Build a strong organization through recruiting new members while retaining our current membership, creating a solid baseline for the future.
  2. Work together to achieve the VFW’s goals. The VFW National Headquarters staff is available to assist in coordinating programs, developing membership initiatives and building awareness among our membership and the entire veteran community.


Membership Objectives

  • Achieve 102% in Membership
  • For everyone to recruit at least one new member and then mentor that member.
  • Increase membership drives and/or events.
  • Develop new Posts and/or revitalize existing Posts.
  • Increase Life Membership and Legacy Life Membership.


Membership Resources

In order to assist our Posts, Districts, and Departments in meeting the goals set out by the Commander-in-Chief in this membership program, the National Headquarters has a wealth of resources at your disposal. Many of those are available free of charge to our members. 

  • Membership materials ranging from applications, recruiting brochures, posters, and benefits brochures can be ordered directly from the Membership Department using the Membership Order Form (located under Membership Quick Links once you log into
  • Resources for Post Development, Membership Campaigns, and Mentorship such as training guides, videos, and webinars are available in the Training & Support section on
  • Promotional tools such as radio spots, sample advertisements, public service announcements, and media kits are all available through the Media Room on
  • See the trend? Just about anything you will need is at, check it out.


The VFW National Headquarters staff is ready and trained to answer any questions you may have concerning membership, VFW programs, or other issues. You can contact our Member Service Center directly at 1.833.VFW.VETS, or the Membership Department at 1.888.JOIN.VFW.

Full 2023 - 2024 VFW National Membership Program All-American Criteria