Patriot's Pen

2017 - 2018

Each year more than 1,000 students in grades 6-8 enter the VFW’s Patriot’s Pen youth essay contest across Texas. Nation wide each year more than 132,000 students in grades 6-8 enter the VFW’s Patriot’s Pen youth essay contest. The national first-place winner wins $5,000 and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C. The first-place winner from each state competes for national awards totaling $54,500, with each first-place state winner receiving a minimum of $500 at the national level. 

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. Want to apply? Read the rules and eligibility requirements and download the entry form and brochure before submitting your entry to your local VFW Post. 

The 2017-18 theme is: 
America's Gift to My Generation


The Patriot's Pen program is open to students in grades 6-8 (on the Oct 31 deadline), who are enrolled in a public, private or parochial school or home study program in the United States and its territories.

 All entries must be submitted to VFW Post 4008 competition committee. If you have difficulty identifying a sponsoring post in your area, contact the Patriot's Pen Chairman at the Department Office.

Please send application to VFW Post 4008 / VFW Auxiliary for submissions.


VFW Post 4008 / VFW Auxiliary

P. O. Box 36

Belton, TX 76513