Established in 1947, our Voice of Democracy audio-essay program provides high school students with the unique opportunity to express themselves in regards to a democratic and patriotic-themed recorded essay. Each year, nearly 40,000 9-12 grade students from across the country enter to win their share of more than $1.9 million in educational scholarships and incentives awarded through the program. 

The national first-place winner receives a $30,000 scholarship paid directly to the recipient’s American university, college or vocational/technical school. A complete list of other national scholarships range from $1,000-$16,000, and the first-place winner from each VFW Department (state) wins a minimum scholarship of $1,000 and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C. Want to apply? Read the rules and eligibility requirements

Post Level, District Level, and Department Level Awards Presented dependent upon Ranking.

 The 2021 - 2022 Voice of Democracy Theme is;

America: Where Do We go From Here?

 Deadline to Post  31 October, to District 15 November

2021 - 2022 Voice of Democracy Entry Form

VOD Rules and Eligibility

VOD Post Score Sheet 

PP / VOD Chairman's Manual