VFWs holding Patriot's Pen, Voice of Democracy contests

VFW posts across the area are accepting submissions for the annual Patriot’s Pen Essay Competition for students in sixth through eighth grades.

The competition begins at the local level, with Post winners advancing to the district competition and district winners advancing to the state event. The state winners will compete for $46,000 in awards, with the first place winner taking home $5,000.

Students can enter by writing a 300- to 400-word essay with the theme, “What I Would Tell America’s Founding Fathers.” Deadline for entries is Nov. 1. For more information visit

The VFW and its Ladies Auxiliary are also holding the annual Voice of Democracy Scholarship Competition for high school students. Winners at the state level will receive thousands of dollars in scholarship money and a four-day trip to Washington, D.C. The winner of the national competition will receive a $30,000 scholarship paid directly to the recipient’s American university, college or vocational/technicalschool.

Students must write and record a three- to five-minute essay with the theme “Is Our Constitution Still Relevant?” on an audio cassette tape or audio CD and present their recording, typed essay, and entry form at their local VFW posts.