Submit an audio-essay by November 1, 2012, to take part in this year's competition.

Voice of Democracy 1st Place Winner Elizabeth Scannell
2011-2012 Winner Elizabeth Scannell

“Our military is proud to fight for the land of the free and home of the brave. They are proud to secure the blessings of liberty for us and generations to come. They are proud to stand together beneath a brilliant flag of stars and stripes. And so, to every soldier, whether past or present, I say thank you. Thank you for making me proud of our United States military.”

Above is an excerpt from an audio-essay by Elizabeth Scannell, last year’s Voice of Democracy winner. The South Carolina native wrote a remarkable essay on the theme: “Is There Pride in Serving in Our Military?” Scannell’s efforts got her an all-expense-paid trip to D.C. and a $30,000 college scholarship, the top prize.

Since 1947, the Voice of Democracy has been VFW’s premier scholarship program. Each year, more than 50,000 high school students compete for more than $2.3 million in scholarships and incentives.

This year’s theme is “Is Our Constitution Still Relevant?” and the submission deadline is quickly approaching. Any student wishing to participate must submit their audio-essay to a participating Post by November 1, 2012 at midnight.

“I always look forward to this competition,” said VFW National Director of Programs Steve Van Buskirk. “It’s a great way to invest in the future of kids who love their country. It brings me great pride to be part of it all.”

The competition is open to students—grades 9-12—who are enrolled in a public, private or parochial high school or home study program in the U.S. and its territories.

Please share this opportunity with the teenager in your life.

Don’t forget, submissions are due by midnight November 1, 2012. Click here for the 2012-2013 entry form.

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