Submit an audio-essay by November 1, 2013, to take part in this year's competition.

    VOD winner 2013
    2012-2013 Winner Danielle Hayes

Danielle Hayes of California won first place in last year's Voice of Democracy competition with her remarkable essay on the theme: "Is Our Constitution Still Relevant?" Hayes' efforts earned 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 the VFW's premier scholarship program. Each year, nearly 40,000 students compete for more than $1.9 million in scholarships and incentives.

This year's theme is "Why I'm Optimistic About Our Nation's Future," and the entry deadline is quickly approaching.

Any student wishing to participate must submit their audio-essay to a participating Post by November 1, 2013, at midnight.

"Part of our responsibility as Americans is to pave the way for future generations," said VFW National Director of Programs Dan Parker. "That's what Voice of Democracy is all about—investing in the education of our future leaders." 

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. Download the 2013-2014 entry form.



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