The fundamental difference between our organization and other veterans organizations, and one in which we take great pride, is our eligibility qualifications welcomes all who meet our eligibility criteria. It's through service to this country that all our membership has earned their elite status. 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.
There are three primary requisites for membership in the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States: (1) U.S. Citizen or U.S. National (2) Honorable service in the Armed Forces of the United States (3) Service entitling the applicant to the award of a recognized campaign medal or as set forth in the Congressional Charter and By-Laws and Manual of Procedure and Ritual.
ELIGIBILITY REGULATIONS: The following link is to be used as a guide in determining eligibility for membership. The following campaign medals and the periods issued have been authorized by the United States of America, and the holder of any such medal or medals is recognized as possessing the campaign medal requisite of eligibility.
On February 22, 1921, one individual who had served in the Spanish-American War and 47 individuals who had served their country in what was called the “World War”, the war to end all wars came together to organize Post 628 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. These men decided to name Post 628, John M. Bliss Post in honor of one of Sioux Falls’ sons who died in France during the World War. The Charter was dated February 22, 1921. It is the largest post in South Dakota and nationally ranks in the top twenty in membership size. Currently Post 628 has approximately 1500 members. The Post Auxiliary has nearly 1000 members.
Our VFW Post has been on the leading edge of our local veteran’s organizations for many years. It has been an instrumental part of the Sioux Falls community since our post was Chartered in 1921. We have been in our current location since the 1960’s.
Private John Martin Bliss served with Company B, 355th Infantry, in France during World War I. The Bliss family, originally from Sioux Falls, had seven sons in World War I, five of whom served overseas. Private John M. Bliss was killed in action on September 19, 1918, and is buried in the St. Michaels Cemetery in France. Post 628 is named in his honor.
On November 11, 2010, many of the descendants of the Bliss family were present for our annual Veteran’s Day banquet. During the ceremony, they honored our Post with a portrait of John M. Bliss, which we proudly displayed at our Post.
In 2011, we constructed a memorial on behalf of the family, honoring John M. Bliss. This memorial is located in the Simmons Lounge area of our post.
Telephone: (605) 338-9421
3601 S. Minnesota Ave
Sioux Falls, SD 57105