Nashua VFW to participate in Voice Of Democracy student essay competition

NASHUA – VFW Post 483 announced the Voice of Democracy essay competition for this year.

What is the Voice
of Democracy program?

Since 1947, the Voice of Democracy has been the Veterans of Foreign Wars’ premier scholarship program. Each year, almost 40,000 high school students compete for more than $2 million in scholarships and incentives. Students compete by writing and recording an audio essay on an annual patriotic theme. The theme this year is “My Vision for America.”

Why should I enter?

Prizes and scholarships can be awarded at the post, district, state and national levels. Department (state) winners receive an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C., from Feb. 27-March 2, 2016, to tour the city, be honored by the VFW and its Ladies Auxiliary, and receive their portion of $152,000 in national awards, the top scholarship being $30,000.

The rules

The Voice of Democracy is open to students in grades 9-12 by the Sunday, Nov. 1, deadline who are enrolled in a public, private or parochial high school or home study program in the United States, its territories and possessions, or in an overseas U.S. military/civilian dependent school.

Although U.S. citizenship isn’t required, students must be lawful U.S. permanent residents or have applied for permanent residence (the application for which hasn’t been denied) and intend to become a U.S. citizen at the earliest opportunity allowed by law.

Foreign exchange students, students age 20 or older, previous Voice of Democracy state winners, GED or adult education students are ineligible.

What do I need to enter?

Record your original essay lasting three to five minutes on an audio CD or flash drive. One student per CD or flash drive. Preferred format for CDs is the audio CD format.

When burning your CD, make sure that “Create Audio CD” option (or similar) is selected so the program can properly convert your sound file and burn it to CD. After it has finished, be sure to play back your audio CD on a system other than your computer, such as a standard radio or car CD player, to verify that the conversion/burning process was successful.

Label the recording, neatly typed essay and attach the completed entry form. Provide these items to your school or group competition or local VFW post for judging.

All recordings must be in your own voice and in English.

Hearing/speech-impaired students should contact the Voice of Democracy national office at 1-816-968-1117 for special instructions. No music, singing, poetry or sound effects are allowed.

The body of the essay must not identify you in any way, although the recording and typed essay should be labeled with your name to show ownership. You may enter only one Voice of Democracy competition per year.

At any time during the contest, additional participant personal information could be requested by the VFW, including a head-and-shoulders photograph, Social Security number or biographical information.

Where do I submit
my entry?

All entries begin at the local VFW post level. For more information, call VFW Post 483, Steve Ordway, senior vice commander, at 490-2284 or Charles Ringleben at 553-7609, or visit, where you can access the entry form and brochure. Click the Community tab, then Youth and Education and Voice of Democracy.