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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.



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.


Click here to access the Patriot's Pen 2017-2018 entry form and brochure.




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