VFW NATIONAL CITIZENSHIP EDUCATION TEACHER AWARD CITATIONS FOR
ELEMENTARY, MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL TEACHERS AND THEIR SCHOOLS
Each year, the Veterans of Foreign Wars selects elementary, middle and
high school teachers to participate in the Smart/Maher VFW National
Citizenship Education Teacher program. Effective this year, VFW Post
Teacher Award Chairman may submit a candidate to their Department
Headquarters by January 1 in each category. The Department may select a
single candidate for each of the three awards and submit those to VFW
National Headquarters by February 1. VFW’s Department Teacher winners
that are received at National Headquarters will receive a VFW National
citation for both the winning teacher and their school in each grade
The only item the National VFW Programs Department requires is the "VFW
Department Teacher Award Citation Request Form” which is now available
on the VFW website. Simply visit vfw.org/#login, log in to My VFW, then
look under Member Resources, click on VFW Training & Support, then
click on Community Service & Youth Programs, then look under
Additional Resources. The Teacher Entry form, Instruction sheet,
Citation Request form and Chairman’s manual will be up on the VFW
website in the near future. (Once Available, they will be posted here.
The links below are very close to the rules and entry requirements.)
Who Is Eligible?
1. Teachers who promote civic responsibility, flag etiquette and
patriotism are prime candidates for this award. For example, do you know
a teacher who plans field trips to city hall or organizes community
volunteer projects? Maybe you know an instructor who invites veterans
into the classroom to discuss their military experiences. Perhaps you
are familiar with a teacher who fosters the development of democratic
values and beliefs through special projects. If you know of such a
teacher, honor him or her today.
2. All current certified/licensed teachers in grades K-12 are eligible.
Previous national winners are ineligible. Nominations can be submitted
by themselves, fellow teachers, supervisors, family members or other
interested individuals. Documentation required for all Candidates:
1. All Post-level nominees should provide a one-page resume as a
minimum or up to five pages as a maximum of documentation of their
teaching experience (for example: references, news articles, etc.) and a
head-and-shoulder photo of themselves. These items will be forwarded on
to the Department with the winning Teacher Entry form.