Conducted nationwide, Patriot’s Pen, a VFW sponsored youth essay competition gives students an opportunity to write essays expressing their views on democracy. The top 46 national winners all receive at least $500. The first-place national award is currently $5,000, plus an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C. for the winner and a parent or guardian.
To qualify, all entries must be submitted to a sponsoring VFW Post by Nov. 1, 2014. To find a local post click here.
This year’s theme is “Why I Appreciate America’s Veterans.” Essays must be:
• 300-400 typewritten words.
• Written by student submitting.
• Typewritten in English with
no color or graphics and cannot be less than 300
words or greater than 400 words in length.
(Essays under or over these word amounts will be
eliminated.) Every word is counted regardless of
length. The essay title (theme) or added footnotes
do not contribute to the word count.
Go here for the application. Essays and applications must be dropped off at a local VFW post.