National Citizenship

Education Teacher


Special Instructions

To obtain instructions, applications or any assistance or information about any or all of these programs, use the form on the Contact Us page of this website. 

Special Recognition Programs

   Each year, the Veterans of Foreign Wars selects emergency medical technicians, law enforcement and firefighter personnel to receive VFW National Law Enforcement Public Servant Awards. Posts are encouraged to submit a candidate for these awards to their Department Headquarters by January 1.

   VFW National Emergency Medical Technician Public Award Citation 

   Any individual who actively gives emergency medical treatment, provides rescue service or civil disaster assistance as a member of any public or volunteer company organized to give emergency medical care, provide rescue and civil disaster assistance to our nation's citizens is eligible.

VFW National Law Enforcement Public Servant Citation  

   Any individual who serves in a municipal, county, state or federal unit tasked with enforcement of the laws pertaining to their area of responsibility is eligible.

   This award does not apply to individual employed by private companies or security services.

VFW National Firefighters Public Service Citation

   Any individual who actively fights fires as a member of any public or volunteer company organized to fight fire and give assistance to our nation's citizens is eligible for this award.

   Criteria for these awards

   + Recognition by their colleagues or those they serve.

   + Consistent excellence in the performance of their duties.

   + Consistent dedication to their official responsibilities over a period of years and continuous growth in responsibilities and skills within their profession. 

Public Servant Awards

   The VFW launched the Smart Teacher Award in 1999 to recognize classroom teachers for promoting citizenship education. Three teachers from each level (grades K-5, 6-8 and 9-12 are selected as national winners. Each national award teacher winner receives the Past Commander-in-Chief John Smart Award and $1,000. Their respective schools also receives a $1,000. They also receive a paid trip to a VFW national conference to receive their award.

   Nominations must at the sponsor's VFW post no later than February 28th.

   Anyone can nominate a teacher except for the teacher his or herself (or the teacher's relative.) A school official may nominate a teacher, permission from a school or district is not required.

   The nomination package must include a nomination form, essay, a one-page resume, up to five pages of documentation  and a good quality head and shoulders photograph.