Community Service

Youth Scholarships

Voice of Democracy

Established in 1947, our Voice of Democracy audio-essay program provides high school students with the unique opportunity to express themselves in regards to a democratic and patriotic-themed recorded essay. Each year, nearly 40,000 9-12 grade students from across the country enter to win their share of $2.1 million in educational scholarships and incentives awarded through the program.  Read more about this program here.

Patriot’s Pen

Each year more than 132,000 students in grades 6-8 enter the VFW’s Patriot’s Pen youth essay contest. The national first-place winner wins $5,000 and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C. The first-place winner from each state competes for national awards totaling $55,000, with each first-place state winner receiving a minimum of $500 at the national level. Read more about this program here.

Loyalty Day

Loyalty Day is held on May 1st of each year. This day is set aside for the reaffirmation of loyalty to the United States and for the recognition of the heritage of American Freedom. The VFW typically holds a ceremony to recognize students that participate in Patriot Pen and Voice of Democracy essay contests as well as Teacher, Firefighter, Police, and Paramedic of the year.

Local Community Participation

Our Post supports local events in the Nashua area, including the Memorial Day Parade, Veteran’s Day Parade, Pearl Harbor Day Memorial Service, POW/MIA Ceremonies and other Community Events.