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VFW essay competition open to middle school students

Veterans of Foreign Wars [VFW] Post Kohl Jeck 2866 announced this month its annual Patriot’s Pen youth essay competition, in which students in grades 6 – 8 have the opportunity to win thousands of dollars in national awards.

The VFW Patriot’s Pen competition started in 1995 to encourage young minds to examine America’s history, along with their own experiences in modern American society, by writing a 300- to 400-word patriotic-themed essay.

The theme for the 2017-2018 competition is “America’s Gift to My Generation.” Students begin by competing at the local post level. Post winners advance to district competition and district winners then advance to the state competition. First-place winners at state will compete for their share of thousands of dollars in awards. The national first-place winner receives $5,000 and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C.

Each year, more than 125,000 students participate nationwide. The deadline for student entries is Oct. 31. Interested students and teachers should contact their local VFW Post 2866 at (314) 699-3555 or email Auxiliary President Marci Murphy at marcimurphy1@gmail.com for more information.

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