Patriot’s Pen gives 6th, 7th and 8th grade students the opportunity to express their opinion on a patriotic theme and improve their writing skills, while they compete for awards and prizes. Each year more than 132,000 students in grades 6 – 8 enrolled in a public, private or parochial school or home study program in the United States and its territories enter the VFW’s Patriot’s Pen youth essay contest.

The I.P. “Sarge” Bell Memorial Post 3377 Post judges all essays submitted to us and choose our Post winners. We award the first place winner $200, second place $150, and third place $100. The Post 3377 first place winner competes in the VFW District 28 competition. The VFW District 28 winner competes in the VFW Department of Texas contest against all other District winners and the Department winner competes against all other state winners. The first-place winner from each state competes for national awards totaling $54,500, with each winner receiving a minimum of $500 at the national level. The national first-place winner receives $5,000 and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C.

The 2019-2020 theme is:  What Makes America Great

To qualify, all entries must be submitted to a sponsoring local VFW Post by midnight October 31, 2019.

VFW Post 3377 strongly supports the Patriots Pen program. For additional information, the Post Patriot Pen Chairman Comrade Jim Linville may be contacted via email at or by calling (512) 282-5664.

More information can be found on the VFW website at and an official entry form and contest rules can be downloaded from here.