VFW announces kick-off of Annual $5,000 Patriot's Pen Patriotic Essay writing competition

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[October 14, 2021]   Commander Ed Nelson and Auxiliary President Lois Allen, of Cronin Brothers VFW Post 1756 announce the kick-off of this year’s VFW Patriot’s Pen Patriotic Essay Writing Competition. Local junior high school students (Grades 6, -8) have the opportunity to compete for thousands of dollars in scholarships and a trip to Washington, D.C.

Students must submit via email a typed essay, 300-400 words (+ or – 5 words max) on the selected theme and completed entry form to their local VFW Post by October 31. The 2021-2022 theme selected is “How Can I Be a Good American?” Students begin by competing at the local Post level, then Post winners compete at the District level with the winner advancing to the state competition.

All state first-place winners receive a four day trip to Washington, D.C. and the chance to compete for their share of more than $50,000 in prize money. The first-place winner receives $5000.

Each year more than 165,400 students in grades 6-8 enter the VFW’s Patriot’s Pen youth essay contest for a chance to win their share of more than $1.4 million in state and national awards.

Interested students and teachers should contact the Patriot’s Pen Chairman at VFW Post 1756 by phone at 217-737-9590 or email janetk9697@gmail.com for more information.

FOR DETAILS VISIT https://www.vfw.org/community/youth-and-education/youth-scholarships

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ABOUT THE VFW: The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. is a nonprofit veterans service organization comprised of eligible veterans and military service members from the active, Guard and Reserve forces.

Founded in 1899 and chartered by Congress in 1936, the VFW is the nation's largest organization of war veterans and its oldest major veterans organization. With nearly 1.9 million VFW and Auxiliary members located in more than 6,800 Posts worldwide, “NO ONE DOES MORE FOR VETERANS.” The VFW and its Auxiliaries are dedicated to veterans’ service, legislative advocacy, and military and community service programs. For more information or to join, visit our website at www.vfw.org.

[YNC Michelle K. Ramlow
Sr. Vice Commander,
VFW Post 1756]


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