Voice of Democracy

The theme for 2020-2021 is: “America: Where Do We Go From Here?”

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The Voice of Democracy Program is open to students in grades 9-12 (on the Oct. 31 deadline), who are enrolled in a public, private or parochial high school or home study program in the United States and its territories.


The deadline for submissions for the 2018-2019 program is October 31, 2020. Entry forms will be available after March 2018

The theme for 2020-2021 is: “America: Where Do We Go From Here?”

Students should record their reading of the draft to a CD. The recording can be no shorter than 3 minutes and no longer than 5 minutes (plus or minus 5 seconds).

Entries begin at the Post level. Once the student creates their essay and completes burning the audio version to a CD, they can submit their typed version, CD

and the Voice of Democracy entry form to their local participating VFW Post by the November 1 deadline.


Originality is worth 30 points: Treatment of the theme should show imagination and human interest

Content is worth 35 points: Clearly express your ideas in an organized manner. Fully develop your theme and use transitions to move smoothly from one idea to the other.

Delivery is worth 35 points: Speak in a clear and credible voice.

You can  get the 2021-2022 application here.