The Patriot’s Pen Essay Program is a joint program with the VFW Auxiliary to the Veterans of Foreign Wars of Michigan. The current years theme is released in February-March for the upcoming year's competition with the deadline for submissions at the post being 31st of October.
- Sixth (6th), Seventh (7th) and Eighth (8th) grade students in public, private, parochial and home schools in the State of Michigan. Former first place winners at the State and National level competition or any foreign exchange student are not eligible. Students do not have to be a relative of a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars or its VFW Auxiliary to participate.
- Essays must be typed, or computer printed in English, between 300-400 words, on a single sheet of paper, with no added color or art.
Deadline for Post sponsored program entries is October 31
Department awards will be presented at the Department of Michigan Mid-Winter Conference. District winners receiving Department awards will be invited to Mid-Winter Conference and are expected to be present. The sponsoring District must assume the cost of their winner’s transportation, meals and lodging. Department will provide each District winner one banquet ticket. Banquet tickets for family members and other guests are the sole responsibility of the District in cooperation with the sponsoring Post.