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"Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few."
- Winston Churchill 

 
 
   
 

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Patriot's Pen

 
 

 

Each year more than 132,000 students in grades 6-8 enter the VFW’s Patriot’s Pen youth essay contest. 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.C. 

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.

 

YOU TOO CAN WIN!

WHO CAN ENTER:
The Patriot's Pen program is open to students in grades 6-8 (on the October 31, 2017 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 2017-2018 entry form and brochure.

 
     

 

 
 
   
 

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  "That the purpose of this Corporation shall be fraternal, patriotic, historical, charitable, and educational: to preserve and strengthen comradeship among its members; to assist worthy comrades; to perpetuate the memory and history of our dead; and to assist their widows and orphans; to maintain true allegiance to the Government of the United States of America, and fidelity to its Constitution and laws; to foster true patriotism; to maintain and extend the institutions of American freedom, and to preserve and defend the United States from all her enemies."
 
 
   
     
   
 
         
     
 
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