2023-2024 THEME: 

"What Are the Greatest Attributes of Our Democracy?"


Established in 1947, our Voice of Democracy audio-essay program provides high school students with the unique opportunity to express themselves in regards to a democratic and patriotic-themed recorded essay.  Each year, nearly 25,000 ninth through 12th grade students from across the country enter to win their share of more than $1.3 million in educational scholarships and incentives awarded through the program. 

The national first place winner receives a $35,000 scholarship paid directly to the recipient’s American university, college or vocational/technical school. A complete list of other national scholarships range from $1,000-$21,000, and the first place winner from each VFW Department (state) wins at least a scholarship of $1,000


Before submitting your essay, read the rules and eligibility requirements below: 

Click here to view the Rules and Eligibility Requirements: Voice-of-Democracy-Rules-and-Eligibility.pdf

Download the current VOD Entry Form here: Voice-of-Democracy-Entry-Form-Fillable.pdf


VOD Enties must be submitted to a local VFW Post by midnight, October 31st.

 Click here to find a Local VFW Post near you

Department Chairman:
James Bourque
Post 9822
Email: jamesbourquevfw9822@gmail.com