Veteran Events

Aidan D Busch, 17, is a winner, an ARTICULATE WINNER.  He is the 2016 – 2017 State of Illinois VFW “Voice of Democracy” grand prize winner after competing and winning in 3 of the 4 levels of competition run annually by the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States all over the world.


As a Palatine High School senior he submitted his 3-5 minute essay orally to VFW Mount Prospect Post #1337 initially at the “first rung of the ladder” for the contest competing with other local high school students in grades 9-12. He won and advanced to VFW Illinois District 4 in northern and western Cook County competition where he won the 2nd level, and advanced to the 3rd level statewide where his presentation of “My Responsibility to America” was the best from all over Illinois as talent from seventeen VFW districts from all over the state sent their winners to Springfield this month.


Winning in Illinois Aidan now advances and goes February 25th to Washington, DC, on an all-expense paid trip where he will compete against a class of other national essay winners from states, territories and possessions for a portion of the $153,000 national scholarship awards and grand prize scholarship of $30,000.


In 2016-2017 roughly 40,000 high school age students began this journey pursuing awards linked to their ability to write and record a patriotic theme essay selected by the VFW exemplifying patriotism. Later this week about 60 surviving contestants, BEST OF THE BEST in the 70th year of this premiere VFW scholarship program, will begin the last round of completion in our nation’s capital.


After going to the National Finals Aidan placed 19th and received a $2,000 scholarship award. We are very proud to have the opportunity to sponsor him.


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