VFW 1929 - Serving the Community since 1939
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  The VFW established the Voice of Democracy program (VOD) in 1947 to provide students grades 9-12 the opportunity toexpressthemselves in regards to democratic ideas and principles. Prizes and scholarships can be awarded at the Post, District, state and national level. The national first-place winner receives a $30,000 scholarship paid directly to therecipient'sAmerican university, college or vocational/technical school.
  Each year, nearly 40,000 high school students from across the country enter to win a share of $2 million ineducationalscholarships and incentives awarded through the VFW's Voice of Democracy audio-essay competition.
  The Veteran of Foreign War (VFW) is proud to present the Voice of Democracy Scholarship Program. The scholarshipis open tostudents in grades 9-12 who are enrolled in a public, private or parochial high school or home study program. Voice of Democracy audio-essay program provides high school students with the unique opportunity to express themselves inregardsto a democratic and patriotic-themed recorded essay.POST 1929
  Each year in March or April Petaluma Post 1929 gives applications to local high school counselor. Students haveuntilNovember 1 to complete and get their projects in to the Post. The Post will send it’s first place winning selection to the district for state and national consideration, and notify the first, second, and third place winners. In Januarythesestudents will be honored at our annual awards dinner along with the Fireman and Policeman of the year.

VFWPetaluma Post 1929
and VFW Post 1929 Auxiliary
2018 - 19 Voice of Democracy
Patriot’s Pen, and Civic Action
Awards Presentations

The Winners

Voice of Democracy
Essay Theme “Why my vote Matters”

First Place Winner, Theo J. Pologeorgis - Petaluma High School, Petaluma.

Second Place, Rhiannon R. Powell - Technology High School, Rohnert Park.

Third Place, Johah M. Gotlieb - Credo High School, Rohnert Park.

Patriot Pen Essay
Patriot Pen Essay Theme “Why we honor the American Flag”

First Place, Nazia N. Quadir - Kenilworth Junior High School.

Second Place, Clay Dennis - Petaluma Junior High.

Third Place, Nicholas Dennis - Wilson Elementary School.

Civic Awards

Fireman of the Year - Battalion Chief Jeff Holden, presented by Chief Larry Anderson

Law Enforcement Officer of the Year - Officer Patrick Gerke, presented by Chief Ken Savanon

Congratulations to all the winners and honorees

For more information on The Veterans of Foreign War go to www.vfw.org
Post 1929 meets the First Thursday of each month, 7 pm, at the Petaluma Veterans Memorial Building. Our Veterans Lounge is open onehour prior to the meetings. Join us and participate in local veterans and community events.
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