Each year the VFW recognizes three exceptional teachers - one each from the elementary, junior high and high school levels - for their outstanding commitment to teach Americanism and instill patriotism in their students.
Without our nation’s veterans, America wouldn't be the great nation it is today. Our youth deserve to learn about our rich history, traditions and the role of our veterans in creating and shaping America. Each year, the Veterans of Foreign Wars selects elementary, middle, and high school teachers to participate in the Smart/Maher VFW National Citizenship Education Teacher program.

The national awards include $1,000 Past Commander-in-Chief John Smart award for each of the top K-5, 6-8, and 9-12 teachers for professional development expenses, $1,000 award for each winning teacher’s school, commemorative plaques and all-expense-paid trip to the VFW National Convention. Post level awards are also available.
Before submitting your essay, read the rules and eligibility requirements. Teachers who live in Stamford may request to submit essays to our post by using contact page in our main menu and writing VOD in the message. Click here for our contact page. We can also help you find your sponsoring local VFW Post.
Applications must be turned in by midnight, Oct. 31. Download and complete the 2022-2023 Teacher of the Year entry form here.
For other programs, click on the link below:
Voice of Democracy
Patriot's Pen
Scout of the Year