Listen to Idaho’s VOD Winner’s Speech

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Teen from Idaho in the running to win a $30,000 scholarship from the vfw!

Dear Carmelita,

High school students across the country recorded audio-essays on “Why Veterans Are Important to Our Nation’s History and Future.”

We’ve selected one lucky winner from each state to qualify for the grand prize, a $30,000 scholarship to the college or trade school of their choice.

Hear the winning essays.

It’s all part of the VFW’s Voice of Democracy competition, in which high school students compete for more than $2.2 million in scholarships and incentives.

Hear Your State Winner’s Essay Clip

The grand-prize winner will be announced on Monday, March 2, at the VFW Legislative Conference in Washington, D.C. Tune in at 6 p.m. (ET) for a live stream of the Parade of Winners at

Show your support for these patriotic teens by sharing their audio clips with your friends and family.

Together, we can celebrate the next generation of proud Americans!