The Brainerd VFW holds annual youth competitions for K-12 youth in the community. Local awards are $300 for first place, $200 for second place and $100 for third place. District, state and national awards are much higher. Rules and recent winners are listed below.
September 1, 2021: Brainerd VFW Post member Mark Persons was heard on local radio stations KBLB-FM, KUAL-FM and KLIZ-FM talking about the Patriot's Pen and Voice of Democracy writing competitions. Mark was also heard on the R&J Wake the Lakes morning show on three Brainerd radio stations and three in Aitkin, MN.
The heartbreak associated with withdrawal from Afghanistan and its similarity to Vietnam were also discussed.