2014 VFW Legislative Conference

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 committees on behalf of veterans.

Guest speakers are invited to address conference delegates, and since 1964 the VFW's Congressional Award has been presented annually to one sitting member of the House or Senate for their significant legislative contributions on behalf of those who have worn the uniform. 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.

In 2014, Rep. Joe Wilson (S.C.) received the VFW Congressional Award. The Voice of Democracy first-place winner, Madison Haley, sponsored by VFW Post 777 and its VFW Auxiliary in Mount Pulaski, Ill., was presented with the T.C. Selman Memorial Scholarship Award in the amount of $30,000. The Patriot’s Pen first-place winner, Alexis Canen, sponsored by VFW Post 1125 and its VFW Auxiliary in Glendive, Mont., received that contest’s top prize of a $5,000 award.