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The theme for 2014 - 2015 is:

“Why I Appreciate America's Veterans”

Conducted nationwide, this VFW sponsored youth essay competition gives students an opportunity to write essays expressing their views on democracy with the prospect of winning money for college

WHO CAN ENTER:
The Patriot's Pen program is open to students in grades 6-8 (on the Nov. 1 deadline), who are enrolled in a public, private or parochial high school or home study program in the United States and its territories.

HOW TO ENTER:
The deadline for submissions for the 2014-2015 program is November 1, 2014. The 2014-15 entry form will be available around March 1, 2014.

Students can ask a teacher or youth group leader to supervise their progress in the competition. Then students can contact a local participating VFW Post and established a contact person who is a member of that Post or its Ladies Auxiliary.

Essays must be no less than 300 words and cannot exceed 400 words and should be submitted to the Post, along with the completed Patriot's Pen entry form no later than the November 1 deadline.

JUDGING CRITERIA:
Knowledge of the theme is worth 30 points: You must show a thorough knowledge of the theme in your work. Demonstrate you have researched the issue extensively.

Theme development is worth 35 points: Answer all relevant facts about the theme such as the who, what, where, when and why. Relate the theme to your own experiences.

Clarity of ideas is worth 35 points: Write your essay in an easy-to-understand format. Leave your reader with a clear understanding of your explanation of the theme.


Forms Available around March 1
Patriots Pen Forms are on the FORMS PAGE

Link to the National VFW Patriots Pen Program Site

Dept of Colo Patriots Pen Results 2013 - 2014
FIRST PLACE - $500 Award
By Englewood Post #322 and Auxliary
In Memory of PDP Jean Carter

Kenton Lee Bogan
Sponsored by Post 3961, Otis
Distict 4

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SECOND PLACE - $400 Award
By Ladies Auxiliary Dept of Colo

Sabrina Nicole Moskee
Sponsored by Post 4171 and Auxiliaries, Golden
District 10

THIRD PLACE - $300 Award
By Past Commander's Club

Makayla A Hoffman
Sponsored by Post 2411 and Ladies Auxiliary, Las Animas
District 6

FOURTH PLACE - $200 Award
By Post 1771 and Ladies Auxiliary, Lafayette

Tristan A White
Sponsored by Post 101, Colorado Springs
District 5

FIFTH PLACE - $100 Award
By Ladiese Auxiliary 8661, Bailey

Cody Farhey
Sponsored by Post 3820 and Ladies Auxiliary, Salida
District 2

VFW Dept of Colo HQ
1400 Carr St., Lakewood, Colorado 80214-6102
Telephone (303)421-1630. Fax (303)421-1727.
hours 8:00 am - 4:00 pm Mon - Fri
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VFW State Veterans Service Office
155 Van Gordon St., Room 360, Denver, Colorado 80228
Telephone is (303)914-5595
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