Daniel D. Fernandez, Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 9676 in Los Lunas is recruiting new members.

If you served in the Armed Forces of the United States, e.g. U.S. Air Force, U.S. Army, U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Marine Corps or U.S. Navy, and were awarded at least one Foreign Service Campaign Medals/Ribbon, you are eligible to join the VFW — at no cost to you for your first year’s membership.

All that is needed is a copy of your Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty — DD Form 214.  If you do not have a copy of your DD Form 214, post members will assist you in applying for a replacement copy.

There are many veterans who are uncertain as to whether they are eligible to join the VFW.  Many veterans who served prior to and after the Vietnam Conflict/War are unaware that they were awarded a Foreign Service Campaign Medal/Ribbon that make them eligible to join the VFW.

For example, veterans who served on the Korean Peninsula, its airspace or territorial waters for (30 consecutive days or 60 non-consecutive days of duty) are eligible to join the VFW.  Veterans who received the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal are eligible to join the VFW.  All veterans who received “hostile fire or imminent danger pay” are eligible to join.

From July 1, 1958, to the present, the U.S. Armed Forces have awarded 58 different Armed Forces Expeditionary Medals and 10 different Navy and Marine Corps Expeditionary Medals that qualify veterans to join the VFW.

Daniel D. Fernandez VFW Post 9676 is the yellow building located at the entrance to the Daniel D. Fernandez Memorial Park, 1201 State N.M. 314 in Los Lunas. Contact Post Quartermaster Jack Lovato at 505-550-4076 to provide him a copy of your DD Form 214.  He will verify your eligibility and sign you up — at no cost to you for your first year’s membership.

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