This year 2022, Post 12101 canidate is Christopter Batarsch. Here is his submission for this reward;
 America is at one of the lowest points in its young history. Internationally, the United States has been criticized for its withdrawal from  Afghanistan, promoting a booster vaccine for Americans for COVID while most of the world has yet to receive one dose, and isolationist policies in Europe and Asia. Domestically, the United States is mired in a pandemic that does not seem like it will ever end, dealing with significant racial division and inequality, and struggling to overcome serious economic and employment-related concerns. Notwithstanding these material predicaments, America can look to the past to realize that it can deliver a better future for its people and the world. At the heart of this are the American ingenuity, passion, and beliefs of its people.  beliefs that good always conquers evil, that America's arms are always open for those who need assistance, and that the American experiment of democracy, freedom, and capitalism will succeed.

Throughout its history, America has found ways to turn its darkest days into triumphant days. Whether it was its engagement in two world wars to defeat tyranny, overcoming the Great Depression, the North'svictory against the South in the Civil War to end slavery, winning the Cold War, or developing a vaccine against polio. No conflict circumstance was too much for the people of this country to tackle and succeed. Even the challenge to land on the moon exemplifies American passion and ingenuity.

None of America's great accomplishments happen without its people, a country founded by and for immigrants. Immigrants who hoped for a better, freer, and more prosperous life where opportunity and freedom serve as core philosophies upon which progress will be made. America was and is not perfect; no country has been. But, through time, America and its people have always shown resiliency and a desire to be better, where equal opportunity extends to more and more people.

From here, America will only go as far as its people take it. But, if America's history foreshadows its future, then that future is extremely bright and optimistic. Despite its current troubles, we see America at its best every day with America returning to space exploration creating a life-saving vaccine for COVID years ahead of schedule, electric vehicles,

 green technology development and expansion to assist in stemming the tide of global warming, more opportunities for under-represented groups, and the fight for racial justice and equality I believe in this country's future because its past successes and growth give me hope. It is this

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ever-present American spirit that drives us forward, calls us to innovate, fights for freedom, dream the impossible, and triumphs over adversity. This is the American dream, a beacon of light for the world to see, and one that we must never let extinguish.  




How to reply for this scholarship

The essay contest encourages young minds to examine America's history, along with their own experiences in modern America society, by drafting a 300-to-400 word essay, expressing their views based on patriotic theme chosen by the VFW commander-in Chief.
The Patriot's Pen program in open to 6th- 7th and 8th grade students enrolled by the Oct. 31 deadline in public, private, parochial school, or home study program in its territories or its possessions. Dependents of the U.S. military or civilian personnel in overseas schools are also eligible to participate.
Download and complete the Patriot's Pen entry form and Brochure. Essays must be no longer than 300 words and can not exceed 400 words. They should be submitted to the VFW Post  12101, along with the completed Patriot' Pen entry form no later than October 31 deadline. Students can ask a teacher or youth group leader to supervise thier progress in the Completion.

Knowledge of the theme is worth 30 points. You must show a through knowledge of the theme in your work. Demonstrate you have researched the issue extensively.  Theme development is worth 35 points. Answer all relevant facts about the theme such as the who, what, where, when, and why. Relate the theme to your own experiences. Clarity of ideals is worth 35 points. Write your essay in an easy-to understand format. Leave your reader with a clear understanding of you explanation of the theme.
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