The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 11517 and Auxiliary of Waukee received the following awards at the VFW Department Convention.Award for contributions to the Department of Iowa Commander, Carol Whitmore’s special project for our Iowa Homeless Veterans.

Youth Essay Contest for 3rd – 4th grades

Patriots Pen for 6th – 8th grades

Voice of Democracy – High School

Buddy Poppy Award

Best Promotion of the Military Suicide Prevention Awareness Program

Best Promotion for POW/MIA Program

Best Promotion of Youth Activities

Award for hosting a membership recruitment info for the community.

The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 11517 and Auxiliary have the following Youth Essay Contests open for the Waukee and surrounding area youth.Third graders essay theme – “I love America because …”

Fourth and Fifth graders essay theme – “What does it mean to be Patriotic”

Patriots’ Pen for 6th – 8th graders and Voice of Democracy for High Schoolers is “What Makes America Great”

To enter the contests, or for more information, contact Beverly White at P.O. Box 865 Waukee, IA 50263-0865 or call 515-369-9096.

Patriots’ Pen and Voice of Democracy information and applications are available online at under scholarships.

The VFW Auxiliary also have scholarships for Creative Patriotic Art Contest and Continuing Education Scholarship.