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Each year more than 111,000 students in grades 6-8 enter the VFW’s Patriot’s Pen youth essay contest for a chance to win their share of more than $900,000 in state and national awards. Each first-place state winner receives a minimum of $500 at the national level, and the national first-place winner wins $5,000 and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C. 


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

Post Level, District Level, and Department Level Awards Presented dependent upon Ranking.

The 2021 - 2022 Patriots Pen Theme is;

How Can I Be A Good American?

Deadline to Post  31 October 

2021 - 2022 Patriots Pen Entry Form

Please fill out on Computer then Print - Greatly aids in the Process.  Thank You for your Participation!

Completed Entry Forms and Essays can be mailed to ;

VFW Post 5468 

PO Box 644

 Eureka MO 63025

PP Rules and Eligibility

PP Score Sheet 

PP / VOD Chairman's Manual