Some of the Major Projects the VFW is Involved in Includes:

Buddy Poppy: The red poppy is a symbol of war and remembrance, dating back to Canada’s Col. John McCrae’s poem, “In Flanders Field,” which describes blowing red fields of poppies among the graves of the fallen. For more than 75 years, the VFW’s “Buddy”® Poppy program had raised millions of dollars in support of veterans’ well being.

Scouts: Three scholarships are awarded annually to outstanding scouts by the VFW. First place receives $5,000, second place receives $3,000, and third place receives $1,000. Support for the Boy Scout movement came at The American Legion’s first National Convention in 1919. Today, there are more than 2,500 Boy Scout units sponsored by Legion posts throughout the country.

1 Student Veteran: VFW in conjunction with the Student Veterans of America developed the 1 Student Veteran program offering direct assistance to student veterans who have questions or are experiencing problems accessing their VA benefits.

Voice of Democracy:  The VFW Voice of Democracy contest provides students in grades 9-12 the opportunity to explore democratic ideals and principles through audio essays. The first-place winner receives a $30,000 scholarship and a trip to Washington, D.C.

Patriots Pen:  The VFW Patriot’s Pen essay contest is for students in grades 6-8 and challenges them to reflect on American history and their own experiences based on a patriotic theme. The first-place winner receives $5,000 and a trip to Washington, D.C.

Scout of the Year: Each year the VFW honors three young people – from Boy or Girl Scouts, Sea Scouts or Venturing Crew – who have demonstrated exceptional citizenship in school, scouting and the community. The first-place winner receives $5,000.

Teacher of the Year:  Each year the VFW recognizes three exceptional teachers – one each from the elementary, junior high and high school levels – for their outstanding commitment to teach Americanism and instill patriotism in their students.

The VFW in the Classroom:  Veterans play an important role in educating our nation’s youth about the founding principles upon which America was founded. As combat veterans, VFW members can provide students with insight into the great sacrifices our

Patriotic Days:  VFW Posts worldwide host public commemorations and other events on many patriotic days, honoring America’s veterans and rich history. Join the VFW in our efforts! Find a local Post to get involved with an upcoming event.