2023-2024 Voice of Democracy (High School Essay Contest)


"What are the greatest attributes of our Democracy"

The VFW invites students in grades 9-12 to express themselves about democratic ideas and principles. The District winners will attend a banquet for VFW student scholarships in January where the top five essays are recognized and monetary prizes are awarded. The first-place student will present the winning essay and will receive a trip to Washington, D.C. to join the other state winners for special activities. As part of this contest program, the VFW holds the Voice of Democracy Teacher of the Year Contest, which gives recognition to a teacher who encourages students to participate in the contest.


2023-2024 VOD Program Click Here

2023-2024 VOD Entry Form Click Here

2023-2024 VOD Perpetual Scholarship Form Click Here

The score sheet for judging can be found here.


 NOTE: PA has due dates different than those publicized by the National VFW!

       October 31, 2023- The student deadline for Entry is midnight.

       November 18, 2023 -Post judging completed.

       December 3, 2023    District judging completed.

       December 9, 2023, District Winner entry form, flash drive of essay, typed essay, head and shoulder photo of good quality, District summary report and District participation report must be sent to the Department Chairman: 


Thomas "Ace" Hanzes

VFW Post 7599 (28)

106 N. 16th Street

Greenville, PA.  16125




December 11, 2023-Department judging 

January 15, 2024-Department Winner and Reports submitted to VFW National HQ

January 20, 2024-Annual Voice of Democracy Banquet-DoubleTree by Hilton-Pittsburgh Cranberry