Each year, the VFW and its Ladies Auxiliary provide millions of dollars worth of awards, U.S. Savings bonds and college scholarships to students across the U.S. and overseas. The purpose of these awards is to encourage personal growth and to foster a greater understanding and appreciation for America, its history and values. Two of their programs are the Patriotâ€™s Pen essay contest and the Vice of Democracy Scholarship Competition.
Patriotâ€™s Pen essay contest
Patriotâ€™s Pen provides 6,7 and 8th grade students the opportunity to express their opinion on a patriotic theme and improve their writing skills while they compete for worthwhile awards and prizes. Awards are given at the local, district and state levels. The national winner receives a $10,000 U.S. Savings Bond and an all-expenses paid trip to Washington D.C. where they tour the city and are honored at the VFW/Ladies Auxiliary Community Service Conference.
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