My father in law wanted to join the VFW and I am questioning how would they accept him as one of their members. Does he have to show them the discharge papers? They asked for it. Why and what would they need his discharge papers for? Background checks? Does he have to fight a war to join them? FIL never fought any war during his Army services. He was discharged before Vietnam war started to call up our men for services. What are the quiteria (sp) they need to enlist him as a member? Can he join ANY VFW ??? He has one in his own town. He lives in the state of Illinois.