The VFW will recognize and honor the top Elementary (K-5), Junior High (6-8), and High School

(9-12) teacher of the year, who teaches citizenship and education topics, and promotes America’s history, traditions, and institutions.  Attributes considered will be the scope of the teaching on both the students and the community.


- Who can submit - 


Fellow teachers, supervisors, or any other interested individual may submit nominations.  Self-submitted nominations are allowed.  


The nominating individual must submit the nominated teacher’s name on the completed VFW Teacher Nomination Form.  Included with the form a 350 word or less description of why the nominee should be selected.  Describe the teacher’s innovative teaching and resource development methods, as well as his/her dedication to teaching.  Submit these to the local VFW Post no later than October 31, 2023.

- Post – 


Post Commander/Chairman will complete the application by ensuring that the following items are included. This is a must list (without all six items, the application will be considered incomplete, and will not be judged).

  • Original VFW Teacher Nomination Form
  • Description of teacher’s methods/accomplishments (350 words or less)
  • National Smart/Maher VFW National Citizenship Education Teacher Advancement Form
  • One-page resume (may use both sides)
  • Do Not Exceed five 8 ½ x 11 pages of documentation.   
  • Good quality head and shoulder photograph. Wallet size.


NOTE to Post Commanders/Chairmen: The above items must be included exactly as stated or your entry may be returned or even disqualified at the Department level.  Only one nominee will be selected from each of the three categories.  Selected applications must be forwarded to Department to arrive no later than December  9, 2023.


It is the responsibility of the Post  to input the Teacher of the Year entries into the All-American Dashboard. This is to include all monitory values spent on this event. Failure to do so can cause the Post and Department to show a Not Met in this category.


- Deadlines – 


Post - Received no later than October 31, 2023

State - Received no later than December 9, 2023


- Awards – 


One winner (elementary, junior high, high school) will be recognized at our Mid-Winter Conference.

- Forms – 

Teacher of the Year Teacher Entry Form

Teacher of the Year Score Sheet

Smart/Maher VFW National Citizenship Education Teacher Advancement Form



Entry Form

Score Sheet

Smart/Maher VFW National Citizenship Education Teacher Advancement Form