Winners of VFW National Publications Contest Announced

Winning publications highlight the best of the best


KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW) has announced the winners of the 2016 National Publications Contest. Last year, the publications contest underwent significant changes to encourage continued participation. The contest’s reorganization created two new categories: Magazine and Best Feature Article. This year’s competition retained those changes.

Two non-VFW-affiliated journalism professionals served as judges for the competition. This is designed to guarantee impartiality and objectivity in the judging. 

The winning publications in each category are:


Grand Award:
Texas VFW News
Roy Grona, Editor

Silver Award:
The Oregon Outback Times
Dennis Marsh, Editor 

Best Feature Article

Grand Award: 
“Post with ‘No Home’ Earns All-State Honor”
Michael Mauer, Post 914, Pennsylvania VFW News
Department of Pennsylvania

Silver Award:
“On Memorial Day, remember the sacrifices they made”
James Daly, The Daily World
Department of Washington

Bronze Award:
“Why Join the VFW”
Mike Kral, Osakis Review
Department of Minnesota

Department Publications

Large Frequency (printed 5+ times per year) 

Grand Award: 
Wisconsin VFW News
Marla J. Morgan, Editor

Silver Award: 
The Oregon VFW News
Sue Piper, Editor

Small Frequency (printed 1-4 times per year) 

Grand Award: 
VFW Arizona News 
Ski Kuczynski, Editor 

Silver Award: 
Illinois VFW News
Barb Wilson, Editor

Bronze Award: 
Montana Veteran
Tim Peters, Editor

District/Post Publications

Large Frequency (printed 5+ times per year)

Grand Award:
VFW SSG Dozier Memorial Post 2894
Chris Mulholland
Department of Virginia 

Silver Award: 
3308 Post Dispatch
Eric King
Department of Florida

Bronze Award:  
Miller-Long VFW Post 3606
Jim and Donna Rall
Department of Nebraska

Small Frequency (printed 1-4 times per year)

Grand Award: 
VFW Post 2016 News
Ski Iworski
Department of Massachusetts

Silver Award: 
In-Formation (Post 10262)
Debbie Manthey
Department of Wisconsin

Bronze Award:  
What’s Happening (Post 2289)
Lois Mezek
Department of Washington


ABOUT THE VFW: The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. is the nation's largest and oldest major war veterans organization. Founded in 1899 and chartered by Congress in 1936, the VFW is comprised entirely of eligible veterans and military service members from the active, Guard and Reserve forces. With nearly 1.7 million VFW and Auxiliary members located in more than 6,600 Posts worldwide, the nonprofit veterans service organization is proud to proclaim “NO ONE DOES MORE FOR VETERANS” than the VFW, which is dedicated to veterans’ service, legislative advocacy, and military and community service programs. For more information or to join, visit our website at

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