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Dove Creek VFW Post 5181 Announces the Kick-Off of the Annual Patriot Pen and Voice of Democracy Scholarship Competition

Commander Rick Brown of the Veterans of Foreign Wars – Dove Creek, CO Post 5181 announced the kickoff of this year’s VFW Voice of Democracy and Patriot Pen Scholarship competition. Local elementary and high school students have the opportunity to compete in scholarship programs offered.

For the Patriot’s Pen competition, elementary students are encouraged to examine America’s history, along with their own experiences in modern American society by composing a 300- to 400-word patriotic-themed essay.

The theme for the 2019-2020 competition is “What Makes America Great.” and submit a completed entry form and essay to their local VFW Post by October 31.

Students begin by competing at the local Post level. Post winners advance to District competition with District winners advancing to the state competition.

State first-place winners compete for their share of thousands of dollars in awards, and the national first-place winner is awarded $5,000 and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C.

For student’s entering the Voice of Democracy program, students must write and record a three-to-five-minute essay on the selected theme using an audio CD or flash drive and present their recording, typed essay and completed entry form to their local VFW Post by October 31.

The 2019 theme selected is “What Makes America Great.”

Students begin by competing at the local Post level, then Post winners compete at the District level with the winner advancing to the state competition.

All State’s first-place winners receive a four-day trip to Washington, D.C., and the chance to compete for their share of more than $150,000 in scholarships. The first-place winner receives a $30,000 college scholarship.

Interested students and teachers should contact the Voice of Democracy Chairman at your local VFW Post 5181. For more information, email the Chairman Richard Buehrer at , or by phone at 970-562-6496.


About the VFW: The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. is the nation's largest and oldest major war Veteran’s organization. Founded in 1899, the congressionally-chartered VFW is comprised entirely of eligible veterans and military service members from the active, Guard and Reserve forces. With more than 1.6 million VFW and Auxiliary members located in 6,200 Posts worldwide, the nonprofit veterans service organization is proud to proclaim “NO ONE DOES MORE FOR VETERANS” than the VFW, which is dedicated to veterans’ service, legislative advocacy, and military and community service programs. For more information or to join, visit our website at

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