Voice of Democracy

Created in 1947, the Voice of Democracy (VOD) scholarship program is an audio-essay contest for high school students in grades 9-12 that annually provides more than $3 million in scholarships. The first-place winner, who competes with all the first-place VFW Department (state) winners, receives a $30,000 scholarship that is paid directly to the recipient’s American university, college or vocational/technical school. This year’s theme is "Service and Sacrifice by America’s Veterans Benefit Today’s Youth by _____ ." Each district winner recieves an all-expense paid trip to Sprinfield, IL for a weekend that includes sight seeing, and attending the Department of Illinois Voice of Democracy Dinner Banquet.

The 2011-2012 VOD Banquet is fast approaching, The Banquet will be on Sunday Jan. 15, 2012 and will start at 5:00 PM. It will be held at Harry Anderson VFW Post # 9545 located at; 350 Old Hickory Rd., New Lenox, IL.

It is very important that we get an accurate count of people attending, please contact District Jr. vice Cmdr. George Foy with your count NOW. The tickets are $15.00 each, please make check payable to the "VFW 18th District" and send it to District QM James Clausen, 1009 Pearson Drive, Joliet, IL 60435.