VFW In The Classroom
How does the VFW help young students?
The VFW strives to thank our nation’s educators year-round by arming them with helpful resources and visits to local classrooms. Loving America and all it stands for is what we do best. Let us help you educate our future leaders.

Veterans and their experiences play an important role in educating our nation's youth about the founding principles upon which this country was founded. The principles they've fought to protect. War can sometimes be a delicate subject for teachers and students. Through VFW's Veterans in the Classroom community outreach initiative, a VFW member is able to assist the teacher in conveying a variety of American history lessons. Our members are "living history" and can provide students with insight into the great sacrifices our service members make to maintain freedom for all of us. When called upon to participate in a classroom lesson, a member would prepare a brief introduction, a main presentation and a Q&A session. Depending on the lesson, a veteran may bring appropriate memorabilia, uniforms, photographs and other relevant material. People of all ages take great interest in the history of our country, and who better to help expand that interest than those who helped shape it?

If you're an educator interested in persuing this opportunity, please contact your local VFW Post for more information.

Cochrane Buffalo City VFW Post 10406 had a very successful Voice of Democracy and Patriots Pen essay contest this year. Participating we had 38 Seniors, 45 Juniors, 39 8th graders and 41 7th graders. A thank you to Cochrane Fountain City School District for their support. A special thank you to teachers Brian Janezich 12 grade VOD, Kyle Gerriets 11th grade VOD, and Shane Sandberg 7th and 8th grade PP.
2022-2023 Awards
Voice of Democracy (VOD)

Established in 1947, our Voice of Democracy audio-essay program provides high school students with the unique opportunity to express themselves in regards to a democratic and patriotic-themed recorded essay. Each year, nearly 25,000 9-12 grade students from across the country enter to win their share of more than $2 million in educational scholarships and incentives awarded through the program. The national first place winner receives a $35,000 scholarship paid directly to the recipient’s American university, college or vocational/technical school. A complete list of other national scholarships range from $1,000-$21,000, and the first place winner from each VFW Department (state) wins at least a scholarship of $1,000.



Voice of Democracy

Oral Essay Program - Awarded $500.00
Local Area Winner



Voice of Democracy

Oral Essay Program - Awarded $400.00
Local Area Winner



Voice of Democracy

Oral Essay Program - Awarded $300.00
Local Area Winner



Voice of Democracy

Oral Essay Program - Awarded $200.00
Local Area Winner



Voice of Democracy

Oral Essay Program - Awarded $100.00
Local Area Winner



Voice of Democracy

Oral Essay Program - Awarded $50.00
Local Area Winner

Patriot's Pen (PP)

Each year, nearly 68,800 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. Each first place state winner receives a minimum of $500 at the national level, and the national first place winner wins $5,000! 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.



Patriot's Pen

Essay Writing Contest - Awarded $300.00
Local Area Winner



Patriot's Pen

Essay Writing Contest - Awarded $200.00
Local Area Winner



Patriot's Pen

Essay Writing Contest - Awarded $100.00
Local Area Winner


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