Voice of Democracy    



The Voice of Democracy competition provides high school students with the opportunity to speak out on freedom and democracy.  The program has been popular and successful since its beginning in 1947, and we're proud to keep offering it to American's young people. 


The Voice of Democracy is a worldwide audio-essay competition that requires entrants to write and record a three-to-five-minute essay on a patriotic-based them.

With the current world situation, and most students home practicing social distancing, this is a perfect opportunity to give our youth a head start on writing, recording and refining their essays for the upcoming 2020-2021 Voice of Democracy and Patriot’s Pen essay competition.  

The Voice of Democracy Scholarship Competition provides high school freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors the opportunity to write and record a 3- to 5-minute essay on a patriotic theme, competing for awards at the local, district and department levels. The department winners compete for more than $2 million in college scholarships and incentives. Read the rules and eligibility requirements and download the 2020-21 entry form application. 

The 2020-21 Voice of Democracy theme is:


Is this the Country the Founders Envisioned?

 You may watch both the VOD and PP winners deliver their message

Youth Scholarships 

Voice of Democracy and Patriot's Pen Chairman's Manual

Voice of Democracy Rules and Eligibility 

Voice of Democracy Entry Form

Voice of Democracy Score Sheet

Voice of Democracy VFW Store

For Donations:If your Post or District does not have any entries, you can donate to qualify for All-State and All-American.