Program Goals:
Flag Education
Promote Patriotism
POW/MIA Recognition
Star Family Recognition
Americanism Program Overview and Goals 
2022-2023 Americanism

Americanism/Patriotic Instructor Promotions:
June 2022 Americanism Promotion
July 2022 Americanism Promotion
August 2022 Americanism Promotion
September 2022 Americanism Promotion

National Program Awards
2022-2023 Americianism Award

Teacher of the Year
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.

The VFW Teacher of the Year award contest recognizes three exceptional teachers for their outstanding commitment to teaching Americanism and patriotism to their students. Each year, a classroom elementary, junior high and high school teacher whose curriculum focuses on citizenship education topics — for at least half of the school day in a classroom environment — can be nominated for the Smart/Maher VFW National Citizenship Education Teacher Award. Winners receive:

  • A $1,000 award for professional development expenses.
  • A $1,000 award for his/her school.
  • Two award plaques: one for the teacher, the other for his/her school.
  • An all-expenses-paid trip to attend a VFW conference to receive their award.