Citizen Education

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
Citizenship Education Teacher of the Year – The VFW Teacher of the Year award contest recognizes three exceptional teachers for their outstanding commitment to teaching Americanism and patriotism to their students. Each year, a classroom elementary, junior high and high school teacher whose curriculum focuses on citizenship education topics — for at least half of the school day in a classroom environment — can be nominated for the Smart/Maher VFW National Citizenship Education Teacher Award. Department-level winners advance on to the National VFW contest. (This program is separate from the Voice of Democracy Teacher of the Year contest.)

In addition, the PA VFW and its Auxiliary hold a coloring contest each year. For more information, please visit the” Serving Others” section, then the Scholarships and Contest page.