We not only support current veterans but also want to make sure that we are instilling patriotism throughout today's youth. This is a priority to all VFW's across the nation. Check out and learn more about VFW's education programs below.

This is a contest that the VFW Voice of Democracy holds providing students in grades 9-12 the opportunity to explore democratic ideals and principles through audio essays. The winner receives a trip to Washington, D.C. and $30,000 in scholarships.

This is for students in grade 6-8 and challenges them to reflect on American history and their own experiences. The VFW Patriot's Pen essay gives the winner $5,000 and a trip to Washington, D.C.

This award goes to three young people chosen from Boy or Girl Scouts, Sea Scouts, or Venturing Crew. These three people must have demonstrated exceptional citizenship in school, scouting, and the community. First place winner receives $5,000.

Three exceptional teachers are chosen each year to receive this award. The VFW choose one from elementary, junior high and high school for their outstanding commitment to instill patriotism and team Americanism to their students.

Veterans play an important role in educating our nation's youth about the founding principles upon which America was founded. As combat veterans, VFW members can provide students with insight into the great sacrifices our service members make to maintain freedom for all of us.