Sarah Walters, recieving the District 6 Voice of Democracy First place award and check from State Commander Jerry Peterson, and Jon Way, District 6 Commander.

The VFW is dedicated to promoting patriotism and investing in our youth. The Voice of Democracy program was established in 1947 for high school students.

It is an audio-essay program that provides the unique opportunity for students to express themselves regarding a democratic and patriotic themed recorded essay.

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. The first-place winner from each state wins a minimum scholarship of $1,000 and an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C.

Yadira Muro, Post 7385 Patriot’s Pen first place winner receiving award and check from Post Commander Steve Reynolds and Quartermaster Bob Nehilla.

Students in grades 6-8 can enter the Patriot’s Pen youth essay contest. The national first place winner wins $5,000. The first-place winner from each state competes for national awards totaling $55,000, with each first-place state winner receiving a minimum of $500 at the national level.

This essay program encourages our youth to examine America’s history, and by drafting a 300-400-word essay, expressing their views based on a patriotic theme chosen by the VFW Commander-in-Chief.

This program is offered by the Veterans of Foreign Wars Posts throughout the United States.