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VFW Ladies Auxiliary Award and Scholarship Programs

An active member of her community, Brooke Kuecker is involved in church and service activities that benefit her neighborhood’s welfare. Brooke Kuecker also maintains a life membership with the Ladies Auxiliary to the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

An advocate of patriotism and education, the Ladies Auxiliary offers award and scholarship programs for middle- to high school-aged students. All 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students are eligible to participate in the Patriot’s Pen essay contest. Essays submitted must explain in 300 to 400 words the current year’s theme, which is, “Why I Appreciate America’s Veterans.” Graded on a 100-point scale, the student’s essay is evaluated on theme knowledge, theme development, and clarity of ideas. State winners advance to a national competition, where $46,000 in prize money is awarded. The first place winner of the national essay competition is awarded with $5,000 and an all expense paid trip to Washington D.C.

Created in 1946, the Voice of Democracy Scholarship provides a platform for high school students to express their patriotism. A written and recorded essay, submission into the competition requires a three minute to five minute audio recording of the student’s entry. Voice of Democracy Scholarship entries are scored on originality, content, and delivery. State winners are awarded with an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C., where they will compete for $152,000 in scholarships. The student who earns first place during nationals receives a $30,000 scholarship. The 2014-2015 Voice of Democracy Scholarship theme is, “Why Veterans are Important to Our Nation’s History and Future.”


Rituals of the Ladies Auxiliary to the Veterans of Foreign Wars

Brooke Kuecker studies health sciences and works part time as an office manager for a cosmetic sales organization. As an involved member of her community, Brooke Kuecker is a life member of the Ladies Auxiliary to the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW).

Established in 1914, the Ladies Auxiliary VFW works to support U.S. veterans in honor of the sacrifices they have made. The organization offers scholarships, teaches patriotism and American heritage, and supports cancer research.

The group has a number of rituals. The following is a guide to understanding several Ladies Auxiliary VFW traditions:
1.) Members place their right hands over their hearts in a salute when the flag enters or leaves the room and during the Pledge of Allegiance and the national anthem.
2.) Different gavel raps indicate signs for members to come to attention (one rap), rise (two raps), and be seated (three raps).
3.) The area between the president’s station and the altar are considered sacred, and members must not cross unless ritual directs.

The Ladies Auxiliary to the VFW is Committed to Teaching and Serving

South Dakota-based dental assistant Brooke Kuecker maintains strong ties to her community. In addition to her membership and service to her church, Brooke Kuecker remains a life member of the Ladies Auxiliary to the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW).

Since its inception nearly 100 years ago, the Ladies Auxiliary to the VFW remains dedicated to serving both veterans of the United States and the communities in which they live. Members of the Ladies Auxiliary include wives, widows, mothers, sisters, daughters, and granddaughters of eligible veterans who are at least 16 years old.

The organization offers multiple programs, including those that promote Americanism and patriotism. Programs like these focus on American heritage, as well as the proper care standards for the United States flag. In addition, the Ladies Auxiliary hosts a variety of programs for youths and junior girls, which involve activities such as the creation of care packages for overseas soldiers, volunteer work in hospitals, and fundraising for cancer research.

To learn more about the programs sponsored by Ladies Auxiliary to the VFW or how to obtain membership, visit the organization’s official website at