Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8577 and its Ladies Auxiliary announce the Veterans of Foreign Wars Voice of Democracy and Patriots Pen Scholarship programs.

The purpose of the program is to encourage high school students to compete for national scholarships by writing scripts on a patriotic theme and recording their messages on tape.

The Voice of Democracy theme is “Why I am optimistic about our nation’s future.” The Voice of Democracy scholarship program is an audio-essay contest for high school students in grades nine through 12.

Students can enter by submitting the required entry form along with their essay and recording to VFW Post 8577, 1506 Veterans Ave., Copperas Cove by Nov. 1.

The Patriot’s Pen 2013 theme is “What patriots mean to me.”

This youth essay contest gives students in grades six, seven and eight the opportunity to write essays expressing their views on democracy.

Contestants must write a 300- to 400-word essay, based on an annual patriotic theme. The essay must be submitted to VFW Post 8577 by Nov. 1.

For complete rules and entry forms, go

For more information, call (254) 213-8815.

Contact Alex Cole at or (254) 501-7470

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