VA to Cover Remaining 2014 Semester for VRAP Students

Veterans Retraining Assistance Program  VRAPThe VA announced this week that they have taken steps to extend payments for participants in the Veterans Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP). 

Currently enrolled participants will now receive payments to cover them from April 1, 2014 through the conclusion of their current enrollment semester/term or through June 30, 2014, whichever is earlier.

VRAP was passed as a part of the Veterans Opportunity to Work Act of 2011 and was specifically designed to cover veterans who were not eligible to receive GI Bill educational benefits.  Originally, coverage was set to end on 3/31/14.  The program has helped 76,000 veterans to date.

For more detailed information on the VRAP program extended assistance, please visit: 

Covering Veterans Retraining Assistance Program Participants through June The White House

The 2013 – 2014 Voice of Democracy Competition for Students 9-12

VOD 2013-2014

Patriotic Audio Essay CompetitionWHO CAN ENTER:
The Voice of Democracy Audio Essay Scholarship Competition is open to students in grades 9-12, who are enrolled in a public, private, parochial or home study high school program in the United States and its territories.

Students should first draft their essay based on the 2013-2014 Theme: 

  • Why I am Optimistic About Our Nation’s Future 

Students should then record their reading of the draft to a CD. The recording should be no shorter than 3 minutes and no longer than 5 minutes (plus or minus 5 seconds).

Entries begin at the Post level. Once the student has created their essay and completed burning the audio version to a CD, they should submit their typed version and CD along with the completed and signed Voice of Democracy entry form to their local or closest participating VFW Post no later than November 1st.

Originality is worth 30 points: Treatment of the theme should show imagination and human interest

Content is worth 35 points: Clearly express your ideas in an organized manner. Fully develop your theme and use transitions to move smoothly from one idea to the other.

Delivery is worth 35 points: Speak in a clear and credible manner.

See also:  Scholarship and Recognition Awards Offered by VFW and VFW Ladies Auxiliary

Patriotic Art Contest For High School Students

Creative Patriotic Art AwardsOfficially known as the Young American Creative Patriotic Art Contest, this annual scholarship competition gives talented art students in grades 9-12 an opportunity to get creative for up to $10,000 in funds for college.

Sponsored solely by the Ladies Auxiliary to the Veterans of Foreign Wars, this high school art competition requires the fusion of artistic talent with a passionate patriotic vision.

Entries must be submitted to your local VFW Ladies Auxiliary Scholarship Chairman by March 31st. For more information,

The 2013 Patriot’s Pen Essay Contest for 6th, 7th, and 8th Grade Students

VFW Patriot's Pen Contest Information and Entry Form


The Patriot’s Pen Scholarship Essay Writing Contest is open to students in grades 6-8, who are enrolled in a public, private, parochial or home study program in the United States and its territories.

Students should first ask a teacher or youth group leader to supervise their progress in the competition. Then the student should contact their local or closest participating VFW Post and establish a contact person who is a current member of that Post or its Ladies Auxiliary.

  • Find a post near you HERE..
  • Next, start drafting your essay.  When writing, consider and develop content around the annual theme. The 2013-2014 theme is: What Patriotism Means to Me. Essays must be no less than 300 words and should not exceed 400 words.
  • Submit your completed essay to the Post in your area, along with the completed Patriot’s Pen entry form no later than November 1st.  That post will notify you by November 15th if you have been selected as their winning entry.  Winning entries at the Post level will be forwarded to the District level competition.  District winning entries advance to the Department or State level, and winning Department entries are then entered in the National Competition.
  • Access Entry Form HERE


Knowledge of the theme is worth 30 points: You must show a thorough knowledge of the theme in your work. Demonstrate you have researched the issue extensively.

Theme development is worth 35 points: Answer all relevant facts about the theme such as the who, what, where, when and why. Relate the theme to your own experiences.

Clarity of ideas is worth 35 points: Write your essay in an easy-to-understand format. Leave your reader with a clear understanding of your explanation of the theme.