Students are invited to write a 300- to
400-word essay on a patriotic theme. The theme for 2012-2013, which
is the 18th year of the contest, is: "What I Would Tell America's
Students begin by competing at the local post level. Post winners
advance to district, and district winners participate in the state
competition. The state winners compete for $46,000 in awards, and
first place wins $5,000.
Each year, around 126,000 students participate nationwide.
Deadline for student entries is Nov. 1. Interested students and
teachers should contact their local VFW post for more information.
For details, visit
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Wars, Department of Illinois]