patriotic Veterans of Foreign Wars
of  The United States

CAPTAIN
JOHN L. WEEKS
  POST 3142

North Charleston, SC

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Scholarship, Community & Veterans Assistance Programs

Buddy Poppy Among all the flowers that evoke the memories and emotions of war is the red poppy, which became associated with war after the publication of a poem written by Col. John McCrae of Canada. The poem, "In Flander's Field," describes blowing red fields among the battleground of the fallen.

For more than 75 years, the VFW's Buddy Poppy program has raised millions of dollars in support of veterans' welfare and the well being of their dependents.

The VFW conducted its first poppy distribution before Memorial Day in 1922, becoming the first veterans' organization to organize a nationwide distribution. The poppy soon was adopted as the official memorial flower of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States.

It was during the 1923 encampment that the VFW decided that VFW Buddy Poppies be assembled by disabled and needy veterans who would be paid for their work to provide them with some form of financial assistance. The plan was formally adopted during the VFW's 1923 encampment. The next year, disabled veterans at the Buddy Poppy factory in Pittsburgh assembled VFW Buddy Poppies. The designation "Buddy Poppy" was adopted at that time.

In February 1924, the VFW registered the name "Buddy Poppy" with the U.S. Patent Office. A certificate was issued on May 20, 1924, granting the VFW all trademark rights in the name of Buddy under the classification of artificial flowers. The VFW has made that trademark a guarantee that all poppies bearing that name and the VFW label are genuine products of the work of disabled and needy veterans. No other organization, firm or individual can legally use the name "Buddy" Poppy.

Today, VFW Buddy Poppies are still assembled by disabled and needy veterans in VA Hospitals.

The minimal assessment (cost of Buddy Poppies) to VFW units provides compensation to the veterans who assemble the poppies, provides financial assistance in maintaining state and national veterans' rehabilitation and service programs and partially supports the VFW National Home for orphans and widows of our nation's veterans.
flanders field

For more info:
Veterans of Foreign Wars Capt. John L. Weeks Post 3142
Attn: Buddy Poppy Chairman
3555 Dorchester Rd
North Charleston, SC 29405-7617
E-mail: Commander@vfwpost3142.com
Call: (843) 744-9260
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Teacher of the Year Award
Teacher of the yearThe VFW's National Citizenship Education Teachers' Award recognizes the nation's top elementary, junior high and high school teachers who teach citizenship education topics regularly and promote America's history and traditions. Nearly 1,000 teachers are from every state, the District of Columbia and overseas. Fellow teachers, supervisors or other interested individuals can submit nominations by November 1 to your local Post.

VFW's National citizenship education teacher awards include:
  • $1,000 cash award for professional development to each of the top K-5, 6-8 and 9-12 teachers;
  • $1,000 award for each winning teacher's school;
  • Plaques for both the winning teacher and school.
VFW Teacher Nomination Form

For more info:
Veterans of Foreign Wars Capt. John L. Weeks Post 3142
Attn: Youth Programs
3555 Dorchester Rd
North Charleston, SC 29405-7617
E-mail: Commander@vfwpost3142.com
Call: (843) 744-9260
Volunteer
VFW Scholarship Programs
Scholarship Deadlines:
  • Voice of Democracy-November 1
  • Patriots' Pen Youth Essay-November 1
  • Scouting Scholarship-March 1
Every year, hundreds of thousands of students participate in the Voice of Democracy Scholarship Competition and the Patriot's Pen Essay Contest, garnering more than $3.4 million in scholarships and incentives.

In addition, the VFW honors an outstanding scout through the VFW Scout of the Year Scholarship program.

Besides the VFW's outstanding scholarship programs, Posts and Auxiliaries across the nation work with youth in scouting, sports, ROTC and military cadet programs. By providing leaders, funding, sponsorships and other resources, the VFW and its Auxiliaries encourage millions of America's young adults to higher ideals and greater personal achievement.
Voice of Democracyvoice of democracy
2010-2011 Theme
"2011-2012 Theme "Is There Pride in Serving in Our Military" ?"
Entry Deadline Nov. 1, 2011

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 winners, receives a $30,000 scholarship that is paid directly to the recipients American university, college or vocational/technical school.

Besides competing for the top scholarship prize, as well as other national scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $16,000, each Department's first-place winner receives an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C., March 3-7, 2012.

The National Association of Secondary School Principals has placed this program on the NASSP National Advisory List of Contests and Activities for 2010-2011. The Voice of Democracy program is designed to foster patriotism by allowing students the opportunity to voice their opinion in a three to five minute essay based on an annual theme.

How to Enter:
Students can enter by submitting the required entry form Student Entry Form, along with their essay and recording to a local VFW Post.

For more info:
Veterans of Foreign Wars Capt. John L. Weeks Post 3142
Attn: Youth Programs
3555 Dorchester Rd
North Charleston, SC 29405-7617
E-mail: Commander@vfwpost3142.com
Call: (843) 744-9260
Volunteer

*Historically, the theme (annually chosen by the VFW commander-in-chief) is purposely kept broad in scope to allow the participant flexibility in interpretation to encourage originality. Since the VFW is a patriotic organization, the annual theme always will be related to patriotism.
Patriot's Pen
2011-2012 Theme
"Are You Proud of Your Country?"
Entry Deadline Nov. 1, 2011

Patriot's Pen, a youth-essay writing contest is a nationwide competition that gives students in grades 6,7 and 8 the opportunity to write essays expressing their views on democracy. Annually, more than 115,000 students participate in the contest. The National Association of Secondary School Principals has placed this program on the NASSP National Advisory List of Contests and Activities for 2010-2011. The Patriot's Pen program is designed to foster patriotism by allowing students the opportunity to express their opinions based on an annual theme.

Contestants write a 300-400 word essay based on an annual patriotic theme. The first-place winner receives a $10,000 savings bond and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington D.C. The top national winners each receive a savings bond anywhere from $1,000 to $10,000.

Student Information:
Students can enter by submitting the required entry form, Student Entry Form along with their essay, to a local VFW Post. Note: Current 2010 eighth grade students are ineligible

For more info:
Veterans of Foreign Wars Capt. John L. Weeks Post 3142
Attn: Youth Programs
3555 Dorchester Rd
North Charleston, SC 29405-7617
E-mail: Commander@vfwpost3142.com
Call: (843) 744-9260
Volunteer
VFW Scout of the Year Scholarship

boy scoutsThe VFW Scout of the Year Scholarship program provides a $5,000 award to an outstanding scout who is the recipient of a Boy Scout Eagle Award, a Venture Scouting Silver Award or a Sea Scout Quartermaster Award. Second-place winner receives a $3,000 award. Third-place winner receives $1,000.

HOW TO ENTER:
Deadlines: Submit entry to local VFW Post: March 1, 2012
Posts submit local winner to VFW Department: April 1, 2012
Department nominees to VFW National: May 1, 2012

    ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS
  • Be a registered, active member of a Boy Scout Troop, Venturing Crew, or a Sea Scout Ship
  • Has received the Eagle Scout Award, Venture Silver Award or Sea Scout Quartermaster Award
  • Has demonstrated practical citizenship in school, scouting and the community
  • Has reached his/her 15th birthday and is enrolled in high school at the time of selection
  • Has submitted his/her completed entry by March 1, 2010, to a VFW Post in his/her community.

Note: All applicants still in high school who reach their 18th birthday during the nomination year remain eligible if otherwise qualified. A scout only can enter through ONE VFW Post.

To enter, download and complete the VFW Scouting Scholarship form and submit to a local VFW post by March 1, 2012.

For more info:
Veterans of Foreign Wars Capt. John L. Weeks Post 3142
Attn: Youth Programs
3555 Dorchester Rd
North Charleston, SC 29405-7617
E-mail: Commander@vfwpost3142.com
Call: (843) 744-9260
Volunteer

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