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How and when do participants in the Voice of Democracy or Patriot’s Pen contests learn how their entries have fared at the various levels (Post, State, etc.)?

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The Voice of Democracy and Patriot's Pen student entry deadline is October 31 (annually), the Post judging deadline is usually November 15, the District Voice of Democracy/Patriot's Pen judgings are usually held between November 16 and December 15, and the Department (state) Voice of Democracy/Patriot's Pen judgings are usually held between December 16 and January 10. It varies (at each level of competition and from state to state) on when the judgings are held, and how the participants and winners are notified. All deadlines (except for the student entry deadline being Oct 31 at the earliest) are suggested by the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) National Headquarters Programs office, therefore there may be some slight flexibility in the actual deadlines set by each Post, District and Department (state.)

The best place to get information on results would be the local VFW Post contact person or chairman that the entry or entries were turned in to. We do not receive any results on Post, District or Department contests here at the VFW National Headquarters Programs Office; we receive only the first place Department (state) winner's name from the Department by mid January (and again, those state winner notification dates and procedures vary from state-to-state.) The National Voice of Democracy winners are all announced in Washington, DC at the Parade of Winners (held in late February or early March) - those winners will be posted online here soon after. The Patriot's Pen national winners are announced around the same time online (only the first place national Patriot's Pen winner -with one parent- will receive an all-expense paid trip to Washington, DC to be honored at the Parade of Winners.)

You can also contact your VFW Department (state) headquarters office to see if they can offer any information or assistance.  You can visit this link and look to the bottom of that webpage for “VFW State Contacts” to get your VFW state office’s phone number and e-mail.

If you still need assistance or have questions, please contact VFW Programs, youthscholarships@vfw.org 816-968-1155 from Monday-Friday 8:15 am to 4:30 pm central time.  

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