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Highlights from the 2014 VFW Legislative Conference

This event has passed (March 2-6, 2014).

 Since 1949, VFW's annual Legislative Conference has provided an opportunity for VFW leaders from each state to personally lobby their respective lawmakers and watch as VFW's current Commander-in-Chief testifies on Capitol Hill before the House and Senate Veterans Affairs committees on behalf of veterans.

Guest speakers are invited to address conference delegates, with the VFW Congressional Award presented on Wednesday. Also at the event, the winners of the Voice of Democracy and Patriot's Pen scholarship contests are announced. Each national winner reads their winning essay before conference delegates and are presented with their winnings.

In 2014, Rep. Joe Wilson (S.C.) received the VFW Congressional Award. The Voice of Democracy first-place winner, Madison Haley, sponsored by VFW Post 777 and Ladies Auxiliary in Mount Pulaski, Ill., was presented with the T.C. Selman Memorial Scholarship Award in the amount of $30,000. The Patriot’s Pen first-place winner, Alexis Canen, sponsored by VFW Post 1125 and Ladies Auxiliary in Glendive, Mont., received that contest’s top prize of a $5,000 award.