Conducted nationwide, this VFW-sponsored youth essay competition gives
students an opportunity to write essays expressing their views on an annual
patriotic theme. We invite you to join the more than 120,000 students who
participated last year in this contest. The national winners will receive at least
$500. The first-place national award is currently $5,000 plus an all-expense paid
trip to Washington, D.C., for the winner and a parent or guardian.