2021 National Publications Contest Winners Named

VFW recognizes the nation’s top publications

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) has announced the winners of the 2021 National Publications Contest.

VFW Department District Post Publication Contest Winners 

Covering the 2020 calendar year, this year’s Publications Contest garnered 56 entries, surpassing last year’s 39 submissions.


Entries for the contest derived from 35 Posts/Districts and 10 Departments. There were four submissions for the “Best Magazine” category and 12 submissions for “Best Feature Article.” Of the 56 entries, 16 placed.


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


The VFW congratulates all entrants for their hard work and service to their respective members. The pool of entries this year proved to be very competitive. Awards will be mailed in June to each Department for distribution.


The winning publications in each category are:


Best Magazine


Grand Award:
Texas VFW News
Dan West, Editor

Silver Award:
The California Veteran
Rodger Meier, Editor


Best Feature Article


Grand Award:
“Emmer to Lead Illinois VFW”
Barbara Wilson, Illinois VFW News
Riverton, Ill.

Silver Award:
“Day of Infamy”
Brandon Hansen, VFW Department of Washington (Post 2047)
Chewelah, Wash.

Bronze Award:
“Camas VFW Members Serving their Country and their Community”
Katie Essick, The Messenger
Camas, Wash.


Department Publications


Large Frequency (printed 5+ times per year)

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

Silver Award:
Iowa VFW Voice
Linda Jones, Editor


Small Frequency (printed 1-4 times per year)

Grand Award:
Illinois VFW News
Barbara Wilson, Editor

Silver Award:
Pennsylvania VFW News
Cory Angell, Editor

Bronze Award:
The Pacific News
Alan “Augie” Augustine, Editor


District/Post Publications


Large Frequency (printed 5+ times per year)

Grand Award:
Watch on the Rhein News (Post 27)
Lee R. Wolverton, Editor
Department of Europe

Silver Award:
Greenwood VFW Post 5864 Newsletter
Steve Milbourn, Editor
Department of Indiana

Bronze Award:
News and Views from Bremen Post 2791
Roger Barton, Editor
Department of Illinois


Small Frequency (printed 1-4 times per year)

Grand Award:
Veterans of Mount Prospect (Post 1337)
John DeGroot, Editor
Department of Illinois

Silver Award:
VFW Post 2016 News
Ski Iworsky, Editor
Department of Massachusetts

Bronze Award:
Ballard Eagleson Patriot (Post 3063)
Alyson Teeter, Editor
Department of Washington

If you have suggestions for how we can improve the National Publications Contest for 2021, write to us at VFW Publications Contest, 406 W. 34th Street, Suite 523, Kansas City, MO, 64111 or email irodriguez@vfw.org.