The good will of the VFW reaches far beyond the realm of veterans helping veterans. In fact, direct involvement with America’s youth and communities has always been — and always will be — a VFW priority.
We believe that those who forget our nation’s past—or take for granted the critical role veterans have filled in our history—could overlook growing threats to America’s foundation.
Our programs educate citizens of all ages about why freedom must be defended at our borders and throughout the world. We teach others about the important role veterans have played throughout our nation’s history and why it is critical to support those who defend our freedom today.
Through classroom visits, student contests, teacher recognition, holiday ceremonies, building monuments, patriotic celebrations and veteran recognition programs, the VFW keeps America’s history alive to help shape our nation’s future.
Citizenship Education Contests
Teachers of the Year* – Each year, we honor a teacher in the elementary, junior high and senior high school categories for their efforts to teach students about being responsible citizens, about appreciation the freedoms that they have and about the role that veterans have played in keeping America free. Contest info.
In addition, the PA VFW and its Auxiliary hold a coloring contest each year for grades 2-5 to help young students develop patriotism; one winner per grade. Judging is held in April and entries should be sent to the Program Chairman by March 1st. Earlier deadlines apply for submitting entries at the local level. Contact State HQs (717 234-7927) to receive the Chairman’s information. Coloring Contest page.