Department and Nationals Certificates of Recognition:  These certificates are to recognize VFW and Auxiliary members deserving of Department of Hawaii recognition. This includes Committee Chairpersons and outstanding volunteers who have met or surpassed their goals. Program Committee Chairs, Post Commanders, or Department Leadership may recommend people for this award.. Deadline for these awards is March 15, 2024.

VFW Member of the Year: The award is to recognize a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars who has exemplified our Organization in serving the needs of their Post and Community, and who has dedicated themselves in a professional manner to addressing the Pillars of our Organization. Post Leaders are encouraged to write up a comrade from their Post that is leading from the front and supporting one or more purposes of our Congressional Charter. The recipient must be a member in good standing for a minimum of one full year and has the activities must be completed during this year.  The Commander, Adjutant, QM, Service Officer or Chaplain along with Past Department Commanders and Past National Council members are not eligible for this award. Deadline for this award is March 31, 2024

VFW Employer of the Year Award: This award is to confer recognition on an employer for outstanding performance in the hiring and retention of veterans. Deadline for this award is March 31, 2024.


Top Recruiter Awards: Top two (2) recruiters, members who obtained the highest combined overall recruiting numbers for New Reinstated and Life members in the Department.                                                                                             

Fast Start Recruiter Award: Any member recruiting 10 new members by December 31, 2023 will receive $100.00.

Department Recruiting Team Shirt: Any member who recruits 4 new members on Oahu or 3 new members on American Samoa, Kauai, Maui, Molokai and Hawaii – recruiting 3 new members, by May 1, 2024.


State Convention Meals: Any member who recruits 25 or more new or reinstated members by May 13, 2024 will receive the Department Convention meal package at no cost. NO Cash Alternative will be awarded.


State Convention Meals: For every 10 new or reinstated members a member recruits by May 13, 2024 will receive $75.00 toward the Department Convention meal package.  Maximum of $150.00. NO Cash Alternative will be awarded.


National Convention Recruiting Award: One (1) Round Trip Air Ticket, Hotel room and $500 for expenses for travel to the VFW National Convention in Louisville, Kentucky July 27- August 1, 2024 will be awarded. To win, for each New/Reinstated Member you recruit your name will be entered in the drawing. Deadline for this award June 7, 2024, with the drawing held at the State Convention, the Aloha Banquet Night on Saturday night. Award may be transferred to a deserving Post member. NO Cash Alternative will be awarded.


When Post is recruiting alone all donations received will be kept in the Post and Post QM will report the amount to the post membership. If Buddy Poppiesare given out and donations are received, donations must be deposited in the Post Relief Fund and only used for only the purposes designated in the National Bylaws.

When recruiting at all Department organized events and locations, all donations will be forwarded to the Department QM. Donations will be used for the Department Outreach Programs and/or as the Department Commander directs.


Department Commander will publish other incentives through the year to ensure we reach our membership goals for the year.


Department Commander will notify the COA of any changes and reserves the right to modify requirements.



I.                  ALL STATE COMMANDERS (4)

A.      Post 100% Membership by December 31, 2023  (Must have 3 new or reinstated members) 500 points

B.      Post 102%  Membership by May 13, 2024  (Must have 3 new or re-instated members)   500 points*

C.      Post Increase in Legacy Life Membership by 13 May 2024  500 points*

D.      Commander’s Project- Increase in National Home Membership by 3         500 points

E.       Commander’s Project-Conduct a fundraiser for the Hawaii House.           500 points

F.       Post conducted 2 membership events.(250 per event max of 500)              500 points*

G.     Post submits a VFW member of the Year nominee by March 31, 2024        500 points*

H.      Post should submit a Post Activity report quarterly (125 per quarter)         500 points

What did the Post do this quarter.(Legislative contacts, scouting, National Cemeteries,  Recruiting events, charitable contributions,  Veteran Suicide Awareness, stand downs, attending ceremonies)  

II.                COMMUNITY SERVICE:

A.      Posts must report quarterly 50 points per quarter

(July-Sept, Oct-Dec, Jan-March, and April-June)                                                       200 points*

B.      Posts to submit a VFW Employer of the Year entry.                                         500 points*        

C.      A minimum of 10 % increase in Community Service Total Impact                  750 points

Deadlines: October 15, 2023. Last report deadline, 15 April 2024

III.             PROGRAMS– Post participation in the following programs:

A.      Voice of Democracy                                                                                          500 points*

B.      Patriots Pen                                                                                                       500 points*

C.      National Citizenship Education –Teacher Award: Submit 1 Level Elementary/Middle/High School to Department 500 points*

D.      Submit one (1) EMT, Firefighter, Lifeguard, or Police Officer of the Year entry by March 31, 2024, 500 points*

E.       Submit JROTC Cadet of the year entry to Department                                    500 points*

F.       Buddy Poppy – Purchase a minimum of 3 per Post member                            500 points*

G.     Post Adopt at least one Military Unit or one JROTC Unit                                500 points*

H.      Facebook Page- Create and/or maintain page                                                  500 points


IV.             DONATIONS: ( All donations must be made through Department except VMS)

A.      Department Outreach ($50.00 minimum)                                                         500 points

B.      Veterans & Military Support ($100.00 minimum, Must be made on programs Dashboard)                                                                                                                                                        500 points*

C.      National Home for Children ($100.00 minimum)  (Must designate Hawaii House as beneficiary                                          500 points*

D.      Annual Department Fundraiser – four books of 3 by Post ($100.00)              500 points

E.       National/Department Conventions ($100 minimum)                                      500 points

F.       Disasters – National and/or Hawaii ($100 minimum)                                     500 points



A.      Bond – form completed and paid to Dept. HQs by 1 September, 2023          500 points*

Bond received at Dept. HQs after 1 September                                                        50  points*

B.      Admission Fee: Paid to Department                                                                300 points*

C.      Proof of Federal Income Tax filed Submitted to Department                         500 points*

D.      Proof of DCCA license registration Submitted to Department                       500 points*

E.       Post should be in good standing with all bylaws, audits, trustee report etc.  500 points*

F.       Quarterly Audit; submitted to Dept. within 30 days after quarter ends.         1,000 points/qtr*

Audit Report submitted 45 days or more after quarter ends                                     50 points/qtr*

                     June 30th; Sept. 30th; Dec. 31st and March 31st.


*Denotes required for All-State


A.     ALL STATE:  Four (4) Commanders and (4) Quartermasters will receive a cap, pin or an appropriate award. Posts not in contention for All State Awards will be considered for other Departmental Awards, based on each Post total score which is evaluated by the Department Leadership. Posts must be over 102%  in membership, be in good standing, and submit entries to Department for Voice of Democracy, Patriots Pen and Teacher Award programs. Posts are also evaluated on the whole Post concept for the membership year 2023-2024. May 13, 2024 is the cutoff date for All-State Award consideration. Any Post In arrears is not eligible for All-State recognition.