The Patriot’s Pen competition is open to students in grades 6-8 enrolled in public, private, parochial schools or a home study program. It gives students an opportunity to write a 300-400 word essay expressing their views on an annual patriotic theme. The Voice of Democracy competition is open to students in grades 9-12 enrolled in public, private, parochial schools or a home study program. Students compete by writing and recording a 3-5 minute audio essay on an annual patriotic theme. Prizes and scholarships for both competitions can be awarded at the post, district, state and national levels. Over 120,000 participated in last year’s Patriot’s Pen and nearly 40,000 in the Voice of Democracy.
All submissions should be delivered to VFW Post 3629 by October 31, 2017. Contest rules, eligibility and entry forms can be downloaded at https://www.vfw.org/-/media/VFWSite/Files/Community/Youth-and-Education/Patriots-Pen-Student-Entry-Form-and-Brochure.pdf?la=en and https://www.vfw.org/-/media/VFWSite/Files/Community/Youth-and-Education/Voice-of-Democracy-Student-Entry-Form-and-Brochure.pdf?la=en. Further information: Commander Bob Martin at (907) 371-8821 8 am - 4pm.
ABOUT THE VFW: The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. is a nonprofit veterans
service organization comprised of eligible veterans and military service
members from the active, Guard and Reserve forces. Founded in 1899 and
chartered by Congress in 1936, the VFW is the nation's largest organization of
war veterans and its oldest major veterans organization. With nearly 1.9
million VFW and Auxiliary members located in more than 6,800 Posts worldwide, "NO
ONE DOES MORE FOR VETERANS.” The VFW and its Auxiliaries are dedicated to
veterans’ service, legislative advocacy, and military and community service
programs. For more information or to join, visit our website at www.vfw.org.