The Young American Creative Patriotic Art Contest

Young American Creative Patriotic Art Contest

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 compete for up to $10,000 in funds for college.

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

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

VFW Ladies Auxiliary Continuing Education $1000 Scholarship

The Ladies Auxiliary VFW is pleased to present The Continuing Education Scholarship.

continuingeducationThis unique scholarship is intended to assist members who wish to further their education by pursuing a college degree or a career direction at technical school.

Only the spouse, daughter, and son of a member are also eligible to apply.

One scholarship will be presented each year to a selected candidate in each of the four Ladies Auxiliary VFW Conferences.  Applicant must be 18 years of age or older. Qualifying member must have been a member of the Ladies Auxiliary VFW for one year prior to application. Previous national winners are not eligible.

Complete this application in full and MAIL to:

  • Director of Programs, Ladies Auxiliary VFW National Headquarters
  • 406 W. 34th St. 10th Floor, Kansas City, Mo. 64111
  • Entry must be received by February 15, 2015

Download the Application

The 2014 Patriot’s Pen Essay Contest for 6th, 7th, and 8th Grade Students

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The VFW-Sponsored 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.

Why I Appreciate America's VeteransHOW TO ENTER:
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 around the 2014-2015 Theme: Why I Appreciate America’s Veterans. 
  • 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.

Patriotic Pen

The 2014-2015 Voice of Democracy Competition

Why Veterans are Important to Our Nations's History & Future 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 exciting new 2014-2015 Theme: 

  • Why Veterans are Important to Our Nation’s History & 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, 2014.

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

Voice of Democracy Audio Essay 2014 Winner

Budget Deal that Penalizes Military Retirees Heads to Senate

retirementUpdate: February 15, 2014

Military Times: Vets Upset COLA Reduction Remains for New Troops

Veterans welcomed the repeal of the reduction of the cost-of-living-adjustment for retirees starting in 2016, but veterans’ advocate groups are disappointed the reduction will still apply to new troops.

The bill now awaiting President Obama’s signature grandfathers current retirees and troops as of Dec. 31, 2013, from COLA cuts that were created as a deficit reduction measure. However, troops entering service after that date will see smaller COLAs when they begin retiring in 2034.

Original Article:

By a vote of 332-94, the House passed a two-year budget deal Thursday, December 12th. The deal funds the government and temporarily ends the sequester, but comes at a huge financial cost to working-age military retirees under the age of 62.

If the same deal is also approved by the Senate Monday, December 16th and signed into law by the president, the provision will automatically subtract a full percentage point from annual COLA increases.


For an E-7 retiring today at age 40, the cumulative loss of retirement income could exceed $80,000 by age 62.

“We know the federal government needs to curb its spending, balance its budget, and put an end to the sequester, but penalizing military retirees is not the solution,” said VFW National Commander Bill Thien.

“The troops view the attacks on pay and allowances, retirement and healthcare systems as a breach of faith, and a complete lack of support, understanding and appreciation for what it is they do daily for the rest of America.”

Smile Veterans…VA Extends Optional Dental Coverage

Health Benefits    VA Dental Insurance Program  VADIP




VA has partnered with Delta Dental and MetLife to allow eligible Veterans, plus family members receiving care under the Civilian Health and Medical Program (CHAMPVA), to purchase affordable dental insurance.  Applications are now being accepted, and coverage for this new dental insurance will begin Jan. 1, 2014.

Coverage will be available to veterans and eligible family members throughout the United States and its territories.

More than 8 million Veterans who are currently enrolled in VA health care can now choose to purchase one of the offered dental plans. This three-year pilot program is designed for Veterans with no dental coverage, or those eligible for VA dental care who would like to purchase additional coverage.

Participation will not affect entitlement to VA dental services and treatment. Historically VA’s free dental services have gone to Veterans with dental problems connected to a medical condition that’s officially certified as “service connected.”  Free dental services will continue for those Veterans.

Also eligible for the new benefits are nearly 400,000 spouses and dependent children who are reimbursed for most medical expenses under VA’s CHAMPVA program.  Generally, CHAMPVA participants are spouses, survivors or dependent children of Veterans officially rated as “permanently and totally” disabled by a service-connected condition.

There are no eligibility limitations based on service-connected disability rating or enrollment priority assignment.

Dental services under the new program vary by plan and include diagnostic, preventive, surgical, emergency and endodontic/restorative treatment. Enrollment in the VA Dental Insurance Plan (VADIP) is voluntary.  Participants are responsible for all premiums, which range from $8.65 to $52.90 per month for individual plans.  Copayments and other charges may apply.

People interested in participating may complete an application online through either


Veterans Rally at Their Memorials in the Million Vet March Across the United States

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Thomas Jefferson once said, “When governments fear the people, there is liberty.  When the people fear the government, there is tyranny.”

Sunday morning, veterans across the United States made a loud and resounding statement that should be heard in the ears of all current and future U.S. government leaders. DON’T TREAD ON ME! 

Organized and promoted by (among others), veterans memorials across the country received a 9 a.m. EST visit from their brothers and sisters in arms…their comrades.

One invitation encouraging all veterans to participate in the rally read:


“I want you to circle the date of Sunday, October 13, 2013.

And then I want you to help “circle the wagons” on that day to help protect and defend our brave veterans who risked their lives for our freedom – and now are being barred from visiting the memorials erected to honor their deeds.

In a mean-spirited fit of selfish anger, Barack Obama has shut down our nation’s war memorials. And he has declared open war on our honored veterans!

The World War II memorial … the Vietnam Veterans Memorial … the Korean War Veterans Memorial – 

By Order of the American Public

Obama has shut them all down to force his will on the House of Representatives and frankly, to get revenge on the American people who oppose Obamacare and his other naked power grabs.

Let’s put it plainly: Barack Obama is behaving like a vicious tyrant. And if he succeeds in this assault on the democratic system, the Republic we love is at mortal risk. It’s just that simple. That’s why I am asking you now to take two decisive moves to show Barack Obama, Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi – and all of their oppressive ilk in Washington – that “We the People” are still in charge. And we won’t rest until we take back our memorials and monuments! –”  Read: 25 Things Obama Shut Down….

Why were veterans marching?

“The purpose of the Million Vet March on the Memorials is to make a statement to our country’s leadership that it is unacceptable to close war memorials to the veterans whose blood, sweat and tears paid the price of freedom around the globe.”

Where were veterans marching? 

“Below is a list of (over 50) rallying points at our memorials. Honor their sacrifice even if you can’t make it to DC! We are asking you to never assemble at a national or war cemetery. Our brothers in arms deserve that respect!”

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