Our local chapter is so generous and I appreciate their sponsorship of the contest.Check with your local chapter to learn how they are able to support your students.
The first-place winner from each state competes for national awards totaling $54,500, with each first-place state winner receiving a minimum of $500 at the national level.
The national first-place winner wins $5,000 and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D. The essay contest encourages young minds to examine America’s history, along with their own experiences in modern American society, by drafting a 300- to 400-word essay, expressing their views based on a patriotic theme chosen by the VFW Commander-in-Chief.
The VFW believes in good citizenship and fostering patriotism.
That is 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. Students draft a 300-400 word essay, expressing their views based on a patriotic annual theme chosen by the VFW Commander-in-Chief.
Essays must be no less than 300 words and cannot exceed 400 words.
They should be submitted to the Post, along with the completed Patriot’s Pen entry form no later than the November 1 deadline.
1 deadline), who are enrolled in a public, private or parochial school or home study program in the United States and its territories.
HOW TO ENTER: Click here to access the Patriot’s Pen 2017-18 entry form and brochure.
The VFW enacted the Patriot’s Pen competition in 1995 to encourage young minds to examine America’s history, along with their own experiences in modern American society by composing a 300- to 400-word patriotic-themed essay.
The theme for the 2018-19 competition is “Why I Honor the American Flag.”Students begin by competing at the local Post level.