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.

Without our nation’s veterans, America wouldn't be the great nation it is today. Our youth deserve to learn about our rich history, traditions and the role of our veterans in creating and shaping America.

Each year, the Veterans of Foreign Wars selects elementary, middle, and high school teachers to participate in the Smart/Maher VFW National Citizenship Education Teacher program.

Please review the new rules and eligibility requirements and complete the 2023 entry form and brochure to nominate a teacher you know. Teacher nomination entries must be received at VFW Post 433 by the Oct. 31 deadline.  Submissions can be emailed directly to Russell@VFWRidersNY.org or can be mailed/dropped off at VFW Post 433.

Looking to share updated information and materials on VFW's student scholarship Voice of Democracy (9th - 12th grade) and Patriot's Pen programs (6th - 8th grade)? Share our National Scholarship Brochure with the students and educators in your community.


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