Each year more than 138,000 students in grades 6-8 enter the VFW’s Patriot’s Pen youth essay contest for a chance to win their share of more than $900,000 in state and national awards. Each first place state winner receives a minimum of $500 at the national level, and the national first place winner wins $5,000 and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C.
The essay contest encourages young minds to examine America’s history, along with their own experiences in modern American society, by drafting a 300- to 400-word essay, expressing their views based on a patriotic theme chosen by the VFW Commander-in-Chief.
Directions: Take I-20 to exit 55B (eastbound) onto Highway 6 or exit 55 (westbound), turn left off of ramp onto Highway 6. Go to the traffic light just past the "Shell" gas station on the right, turn right on Glassmaster Road. Go past the Lenzing Plastics factory on right, we are next door to the factory as the road curves to the right. The entrance to the parking lot is in the curve. 210 is marked on the mail box.