Since 1949, VFW's annual Legislative Conference has provided an opportunity for VFW leaders from each state to personally lobby their respective lawmakers and watch as VFW's current Commander-in-Chief testifies on Capitol Hill before the House and Senate Veterans Affairs committee on behalf of veterans.
Guest speakers are invited to address conference delegates, with a keynote appearance on Monday. VFW will present several annual awards to deserving individuals in the fields of: the armed forces, news & media and aviation among others.
Also at the event, the winners of the Voice of Democracy and Patriot's Pen scholarship contests are announced. Each national winner reads their winning essay before conference delegates and are presented with their winnings.