First distributed in 1922, the Buddy Poppy has been adopted as the official memorial flower of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Buddy Poppies are assembled by disabled veterans at VA hospitals around the country for compensation and donated proceeds help with financiall assistance with veterans in local communities. Donated proceeds are the main source of money used by posts in assistance programs.
Proceeds also help support the VFW National Home for Childern in Eaton Rapids, MI.
The Patriot's Pen Essay writting contest is open to 6th - 8th graders including equivelant home schoolers.
Each year, more than 132,000 students enter to win a portion of the $54,500 awards. Each state winner recieves a minimum of $500, with the first place Nation winner recieving $5,000 and an all-expense paid trip to Washington D.C
Deadline for entires to othe post is November 1st.
Read our top essay for 2016-2017: click here
The Voice of Democracy (VOD) audio essay competition is open to 9th - 12th graders incliding equivelant home schoolers.
The Voice of Democracy Program was established in 1947 to provide students grades 9-12 the opportunity to express themselves in regards to democratic ideas and principles. Today, more than 40,000 high school students compete to win a portion of the $2 million in educational scholarships and incentives awards. The first place National winner receives a $30,000 scholarship paid directly to the recipient’s American university, college or vocational/technical school. Other national scholarships are available ranging from $1,000 to $16,000. Each state winner receives a minimum scholarship of $1,000 and an all expense paid trip to Washington D.C.
Deadline for entries to the post is November 1st.
The Veterans of Foreign Wars is proud that some of its earliest ties into the community involve youth organizations. None are older or stronger than to the Boy Scouts of America. VFW partnership in the Boy Scouts goes all the way back to 1915 when VFW Post 2100 helped to establish Troop 1 in Everett, WA.
The Scout of the Year Program recognizes Boys Scouts and Girls Scouts who display standout citizenship, patriotism and love of country have the opportunity to receive college scholarships of up to $5,000.
Scout of the year is open to (1)Scouts who are registered, active members of a Boy or Girl Scout Troop, Venturing Crew, or a Sea Scout Ship who have received the Eagle Scout Award, Girl Scout Gold Award, Venture Summit Award or Sea Scout Quartermaster Award, (2) are 15 years of age and have demonstrated practical citizenship in school, scouting and the community, and (3) must be enrolled in high school at the time of selection.
Deadline for entries to the post is March 1st.
While the VFW strives to help and honor veterans, its important to recognize others who help educate our youth in citizenship and other patriotic lessons.
The VFW Teacher of the Year award contest recognizes three exceptional teachers for their outstanding commitment to teaching Americanism and patriotism to their students.
Nominations can come from Elementary, Junior High and High School teachers whose curriculum focuses on citizen education topics, for at least half the school day in a classroom environment.
Winners receive $1,000 for professional development expenses, $1,000 for his/her school, two award plaques (one for self and one for school), and an all expense paid trip to the VFW National Conference to recieve their award.
Deadline for entires to the post is February 15th.
Congrats to Mrs. Misek (Smith Middle School) as our Post's selection for 2016-2017.
VFW strives to recognize other professions and people who dedicate their lives to serving their community. The VFW Public Service Awards does so by recognizing professionals in Law Enforcement, EMTs, and Firefighters through nominations by the post for those professionals who receive recognition from their peers or community, consistent excellence in the performance of their duties, and consistent dedication to their official responsibilities over a period of years and continuous growth in responsibilities and skills within their profession.
The VFW understands we are not the only patriotic organization out there. With many youth growing up in military families or have a desire to serve themselves, the VFW, along with these organizations, have developed authorized awards for recognizing cadets who stand out among thier peers.
The Civil Air Patrol, official civilian auxiliary for the US Air Force, Cadet Program teaches youth in self-disipline, integrity, service, and commitment along with education in Aerospace, Emergency Service and community involvement. The VFW, whith help from CAP, has developed 2 awards to recognize cadets, a Cadet Officer award and a Cadet Non-Commissioned Officer award. Local squadrons can contact our Adjutant for more information.
The Junior Reserve Officer's Training Corps, often associated within high schools, is a program that readies youth in a path toward military service. They teach things such as military history, drill and ceremonies, self-disipline and integiry as well as many other topics to develope our youth into outstanding citizens of our community. The VFW, with help from JROTC, has developed the JROTC award for outstanding achievement and exceptional leadership ability. Local units can contact our Adjutant for more information.