Voice of Democracy

 VOD Winner 2014                                VOD Logo

Madison Haley, a senior at Mount Pulaski High School, was named the 2013-2014 Voice of Democracy 1st-place winner.  

Her speech on the 2013-2014 theme, "Why I'm Optimistic About Our Nation's Future" won her a $30,000 college scholarship which she plans to apply toward her college career. Madison was sponsored by VFW Post 777 and Ladies Auxiliary in Mount Pulaski, Ill.



YOU TOO CAN WIN $30,000!

The Voice of Democracy Program is open to students in grades 9-12 (on the Nov. 1 deadline), who are enrolled in a public, private or parochial high school or home study program in the United States and its territories.

Please note: Current high school seniors are not eligible for the 2014-2015 Voice of Democracy contest. Students must be in the ninth through twelfth grade on November 1, 2014. 


The deadline for submissions for the 2014-2015 program is November 1, 2014. Download the application here.

NEW: The theme for 2014-2015 is: "Why Veterans are Important to our Nation's History and Future"

Students should record their reading of the draft to a CD. The recording can be no shorter than 3 minutes and no longer than 5 minutes (plus or minus 5 seconds).

Entries begin at the Post level. Once the student creates their essay and completes burning the audio version to a CD, they can submit their typed version, CD and the Voice of Democracy entry form to their local participating VFW Post by the November 1 deadline.  

Originality is worth 30 points: Treatment of the theme should show imagination and human interest. 

Content is worth 35 points: Clearly express your ideas in an organized manner. Fully develop your theme and use transitions to move smoothly from one idea to the other.

Delivery is worth 35 points: Speak in a clear and credible manner.

Read the previous winning essay from 2012.
Read the previous winning essay from 2013

American journalist Charles Kuralt recalls winning VOD!


FIND A POST to contact VFW members near you or visit a VFW STATE DEPARTMENT website.

Attention Teachers!

NASSP SCAA logo 2012The National Association of Secondary School Principals has placed this program on the NASSP National Advisory List of Contests and Activities for 2013-2014VFW thanks all of America's teachers and youth leaders for the time, effort and commitment they invest in our young people each year. We have a number of ways in which to assist you in helping to ensure your students get a head start on their future.

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