The Voice of Democracy is a worldwide audio-essay competition that requires entrants to write and record a three-to-five-minute essay on a patriotic-based them.

With the current world situation, and most students home practicing social distancing, this is a perfect opportunity to give our youth a head start on writing, recording and refining their essays for the upcoming 2020-2021 Voice of Democracy and Patriot’s Pen essay competition.  

The Voice of Democracy Scholarship Competition provides high school freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors the opportunity to write and record a 3- to 5-minute essay on a patriotic theme, competing for awards at the Local, District and Department levels. The Department winners compete for more than $2 million in college scholarships and incentives. Read the rules and eligibility requirements and download the 2020-21 entry form application. 

2022-2023 Voice of Democracy theme is:  Why is the Veteran Important? 


2021-22 VOD theme was: America! Where Do We Go From Here?


2020-21 Voice of Democracy theme was:   Is this the Country the Founders Envisioned?


VOD Scholarship Winners 2021-2022

VOD Department Level Essay Winners 2021-2022 

VFW Youth Scholarships 2022-2023 

Voice of Democracy and Patriot's Pen Chairman's Manual 2021-22

Voice of Democracy Rules and Eligibility 2021-22

Voice of Democracy Entry Form 2021-22

Voice of Democracy Score Sheet 2021-22

Voice of Democracy VFW Store

DPA-District V VOD-PP-Teacher 2020 Program Info Sheet

VFW Programs Donation Form 2021-22 see note:

   If you know that your Post will not have any entries, let’s get the donations done now. In order to get credit please forward the paid receipt email from VFW National forward that to David Gley