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Seeking scholarship money? West Seattle VFW announces essay contests

VFW announces $30,000 scholarship competition

Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 2713, in West Seattle, announces the kick-off of this year’s VFW’s Voice of Democracy Scholarship competition. Students in grades 9-12 have the opportunity to compete for thousands of dollars in scholarships and a trip to Washington, D.C.

Students must write and record a three-to-five minute essay on the selected theme using an audio CD or flash drive and present their recording, typed essay and completed entry form to their local VFW Post by Oct. 31, 2018. The 2018-19 theme is: “Why My Vote Matters”. Students begin by competing at the local Post level, Post winners compete at the District level with the winner advancing to the state competition.

All state first-place winners receive a four day trip to Washington, D.C., and the chance to compete for their share of more than $150,000 in scholarships. The first-place winner receives a $30,000 college scholarship.

The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) started the Voice of Democracy Scholarship program in 1947. The VFW became a national sponsor in the late 1950s and assumed sole responsibility for the program in 1961. The competition was created to provide students grades 9-12 the opportunity to express themselves in regard to democratic ideas and principles. Around 40,000 students participate in the competition each year and VFW awards more than $2.1 million in educational scholarships every year. Voice of Democracy and Patriot’s Pen web site: Also, see past winners.

Patriot’s Pen
Each year more than 132,000 students in grades 6-8 enter the VFW’s Patriot’s Pen essay contest. The national first-place winner wins $5,000 and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C. The first-place winner from each state competes for national awards totaling $55,000, with each first-place state winner receiving a minimum of $500 at the national level.
The essay contest encourages young minds to examine America’s history, along with their own experiences in modern American society, by drafting a 300- to 400-word essay, expressing their views based on a patriotic theme. The 2018-19 theme is: “Why I Honor the American Flag”.
Both programs are approved by the National Association of Secondary School Principals.

Youth Essay
This currently is a VFW Washington Department (or state level) competition for students in Grades 3-5. The theme is: “How the American Flag makes me feel” and must be 250 words or less. Youth essay web site:

Students from the following schools participated last year: Our Lady of Guadalupe School, Holy Family School, Madison Middle School, Holy Rosary School, and Arbor Heights.

VFW Post 2713 will award nearly $1,500 in prizes for 2018/2019:

Voice of Democracy – Patriots Pen – Youth Essay

Grades 9-12
1st – $225
2nd – $175
3rd – $125

Grades 6-8
1st – $175
2nd – $125
3rd – $100

Grades 3-5
1st – $125
2nd – $75
3rd – $50

Each grade winner not in top 3 will receive $50, $40, and $30 respectively.
Since this program is completely voluntary, a student (including home schooled) does not have to go through their school to participate.
Interested students and teachers should contact Bill Dwyer,, telephone (206) 938- 5719 or Ben Skwiercz,, telephone (206) 420-7865.

All entries must be in to VFW Post 2713 by Oct. 31, 2018 at 3601 S.W. Alaska Street, Seattle, WA 98126.

CONGRATULATIONS! Local student writers’ success in VFW essay competition

Back in September, we published an invitation for entries in a student essay contest presented by the VFW. Among the local students who responded and participated, there are winners in subsequent rounds of judging, and two going on to state competition! VFW Post 2713 in The Triangle shares the news:

Congratulations to the 22 student winners of the Youth Essay contests from the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 2713 in West Seattle. The student winners came from Arbor Heights Elementary School, Holy Family School, Madison Middle School, and Our Lady of Guadalupe School. A total of $770 was given to the winners, according to Bill Dwyer, Post 2713 Senior Vice Commander and Chairman of the Youth Essay Scholarship program.

Five of the 22 student winners from VFW Post 2713 also went on to the District 2 competition. On January 6, the District 2 meeting was held at VFW Rainier Post. Here are the results of the competition:

Liam Stampe won 2nd place for 4th grade from Our Lady of Guadalupe School.
Malik Dawson won 1st place for 5th grade from Holy Family School. Malik now competes at State Level.
Danika Ronda won 1st place for 6th grade from Madison Middle School. Danika now competes at State level.
Roxanne Elder won 3rd place for 7th grade from Madison Middle School.
Miles Dawson won 3rd place for 8th grade from Holy Family School.

Congratulations to the District 2 winners (there are 15 Districts in the state). The State winners will be awarded January 20.

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Thank Burger King on Armed Forces Day for VFW Unmet Needs Campaign

Since 2007, BURGER KING® franchisees and their customers have contributed over $4.3 million to the VFW Unmet Needs program. This program provides grants of up to $5,000 to qualified applicants who’ve fallen on hard times as a result of deployment, injury, or other military-related activities. To date, BURGER KING®’s generosity has directly assisted more than 4,100 veterans and military families.
The VFW is encouraging its members, their families and friends to stop in, purchase a meal and say “thank you” to the franchise owners, managers and BURGER KING® team members for their continued support of the veteran community. It’s also asking all members to post to social media about their visit using #ThankBK.
It’s through the efforts of supporters like BURGER KING® that the VFW is able to provide service members, veterans and their families a hand up when they need it most.
Find a BURGER KING® location near you, or learn more about the Unmet Needs program.

Buddy Poppies at The Beer Junction May 25th 5-8pm.

The Beer Junction on California Ave. will host our VFW Post 2713 Post and Structures Brewery on Thursday May 25 from 5-8pm.

Structures Brewery will have a tasting (usually 5 different brews) and we will have the opportunity to socialize with our fellow members and pass out “Buddy Poppies”.

We will have a table where the patrons can donate money. In addition, half of the proceeds collected from the beer tasting is given to our Post.