Each year, the Veterans of Foreign Wars selects elementary, middle and high school teachers to participate in the Smart/Maher VFW National Citizenship Education Teacher program. Effective this year, VFW Post Teacher Award Chairman may submit their candidate to their DISTRICT Headquarters by NOVEMBER 15 in each Category. The District then selects their Candidate to the DEPARTMENT Chairman by December 31 in each Category. The Department may select a single candidate for each of the three awards and submit those to VFW National Headquarters by February 1. VFW’s Department Teacher winners that are received at National Headquarters will receive a VFW National citation for both the winning teacher and their school in each grade category.
 NOTE: The only item the National VFW Programs Department requires is the "VFW Department Teacher Award Citation Request Form” which is now available on the VFW website. Simply visit vfw.org/#login, log in to My VFW, then look under Member Resources, click on VFW Training & Support, then click on Community Service & Youth Programs, then look under Additional Resources. The Teacher Entry form, Instruction sheet, Citation Request form and Chairman’s manual will be up on the VFW website in the near future. For Convenience, All Forms and Rules and Program Guides are linked on this page. The Forms Are Fillable so please use this feature. The links below are very close to the rules and entry requirements.)
 Who Is Eligible?
1. Teachers who promote civic responsibility, flag etiquette and patriotism are prime candidates for this award. For example, do you know a teacher who plans field trips to city hall or organizes community volunteer projects? Maybe you know an instructor who invites veterans into the classroom to discuss their military experiences. Perhaps you are familiar with a teacher who fosters the development of democratic values and beliefs through special projects. If you know of such a teacher, honor him or her today.
2. All current certified/licensed teachers in grades K-12 are eligible. Previous national winners are ineligible. Nominations can be submitted by themselves, fellow teachers, supervisors, family members or other interested individuals. Documentation required for all Candidates:
 All Post-level nominees should provide a one-page resume as a minimum or up to five pages as a maximum of documentation of their teaching experience (for example: references, news articles, etc.) and a head-and-shoulder photo of themselves. The Post in addition will fill their Report giving their Awards Participation. This is to include their attendance at the District Banquet. This gives the required information for the District Reports.
The District will then Judge and Advance the Winner from each of the 3 Categories received from their Posts. These items will be forwarded on to the Department with the winning Teacher Entry form.