VFW Contests

The good will of the Veterans of Foreign Wars reaches far beyond the realm of veterans helping veterans. In fact, direct involvement with America’s youth and communities has always been — and always will be — a VFW priority.

Here are some great opportunities for homeschool children sponsored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars and Ladies Auxiliary.

Patriot’s Pen – This program is for middle school students (grades 6-8). It
consists of a 300-400 word essay based on a patriotic theme. This year’s
National Commander chose the theme “Are You Proud of Your Country?” The
National Prize is a $10,000 savings bond. Of course, prizes are won at each
step along the way to the National competition.

VFW believes strongly in good citizenship and fostering patriotism. That’s why we encourage youthful minds to examine our nation’s history and their own experiences in modern American society through our Patriot’s Pen youth essay-writing contest.

Annually, roughly 112,000, students from grades 6-8, enter to win one of several savings bonds totaling $1.2 million, as well as an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C. for the National first place winner.

Students draft a 300-400 word essay, expressing their views based on an — always patriotic — annual theme chosen by the VFW Commander-in-Chief.

Voice of Democracy – This program is for high school students (grades 9-12).  It consists of a 3-5 minute speech that is recorded also based on a
patriotic theme. This year’s National Commander chose the theme “Is there
pride in serving in our military?” The National Prize is a $30,000
scholarship. Like the Patriot’s Pen, prizes can be earned along the way to
the National competition.

Each year, more than 51,000 high school students from across the country enter to win a share of the $2.2 million in educational scholarships and incentives awarded through the VFW’s Voice of Democracy audio-essay competition.

Knowing that a democratic society needs nurturing, the VFW established the Voice of Democracy program (VOD) in 1947 to provide students grades 9-12 the opportunity to express themselves in regards to democratic ideas and principles.

The national first-place winner receives a $30,000 scholarship paid directly to the recipient’s American university, college or vocational/technical school. Other national scholarships range from $1,000- $16,000 and the first-place winner from each (State) VFW Department wins an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C.

Both programs are due November 1st, 2011 for the 2012 competition.

If any of the homeschoolers in the Sparta Area would like more information about these programs or you have any questions, please contact:
Tracy & Wayne Woodman
h2bdsvets at yahoo.com

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