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Patriot’s Pen

The Theme for 2014-2015 is:

“Why I Appreciate America’s Veterans”


VFW Patriot's PenPost 1760 is an active sponsor for the Patriot’s Pen annual competition. Conducted nationwide, this VFW sponsored youth essay competition gives students an opportunity to write essays expressing their views on democracy with the prospect of winning money for college.

VFW believes strongly in good citizenship and fostering patriotism. That’s 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.

Annually, more than 100,000 students from grades 6-8 (nationwide) enter. One first-place winner from each state competes to win one of 46 national awards totaling $46,000. The national first-place winner wins $5,000 and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C., in March.

Students draft a 300-400 word essay, expressing their views based on an — always patriotic — annual theme chosen by the VFW Commander-in-Chief.


VFW Post 1760’s 2014 winner

Kaden Knopp

Smith Jr. High School – Mesa, AZ


How to Enter:

The deadline for submissions for the 2014-2015 program is November 1, 2014. The Patriot’s Pen program is open to students in grades 6-8 (on the Nov. 1 deadline), who are enrolled in a public, private or parochial high school or home study program in the United States and its territories. They can, however, enter the Voice of Democracy for students that will be in the 9th-12th grade on November 1, 2014.

Students can ask a teacher or youth group leader to supervise their progress in the competition. Then students can contact VFW Post 1760 and establish a contact person who is a member of Post 1760 or our Ladies Auxiliary.

Essays must be no less than 300 words and cannot exceed 400 words and should be submitted to the Post, along with the completed Patriot’s Pen entry form no later than the November 1 deadline.