Reaching out into our communities is vital to our organization, developing relationships with community leaders, media, school faculty and local civic groups can greatly assist each post in achieving the VFW mission.
 Each year we participate in the Patriot's Pen and Voice of  Democracy Essay and Audio/Essay competitions. 
This contest consists of four levels:

(Entry) which is sponsored by local VFW Posts such as Post 7096 which is the first level. Post winners advance, to the VFW District (Regional)level where the one first-place winner is advanced to the VFW Department (State)level. The one first-place winner at the State level is then advanced into the VFW (National) competition. The winners from each State then compete for the national prizes.

 This year we had 2 student winners from our Post advance to the Regional levels good luck to them all.