Joe Wagner VFW Post 7313 to Honor Vietnam Era Veterans with Commemorative Pins April 21

In partnership with the United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration, Joe Wagner VFW Post 7313 will honor all who served during the Vietnam War with commemorative lapel pins.

Any Vietnam-era Veteran who served on active duty between Nov. 1, 1955 and May 15, 1975, regardless of location, is eligible to receive a United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration Vietnam Veteran Lapel Pin. In addition, the surviving spouse of a deceased Vietnam Veteran is also eligible for a special pin.

 "Joe Wagner VFW Post 7313 is privileged to partner with the United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration to offer this token of our Nation’s appreciation to those who served during the Vietnam War, especially to those who paid the ultimate price defending our country and to their spouses,” said Junior Vice Commander Andy Cochran. "There were too few that served during the Vietnam era that received the proper homecoming that their distinguished service respectfully deserves. Our Post is truly honored to commemorate and honor these distinguished veterans that served our country.”

Eligible veterans and surviving spouses are invited to attend a pin presentation ceremony at Joe Wagner VFW Post 7313 at 12:00 noon on April 21, 2018. If you would like to attend this event and receive a commemorative pin, you are requested to provide Joe Wagner VFW Post 7313 with your name, branch of service and years of service by Tuesday, April 17, 2018 ( or 919-542-0927). This will assist us to ensure a sufficient number of pins is available. Visit for updated information on the event.

The United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration is a program administered by the Office of the Secretary of Defense to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War. The U.S. began commemoration of the Vietnam War’s 50th anniversary in 2012 and will continue through Veterans Day 2025.

The North Carolina Veterans of Foreign Wars has a rich tradition of serving veterans, military families and their local communities.  Joe Wagner VFW Post 7313 serves Pittsboro, Siler City, all of Chatham County and the surrounding areas.  We meet on the fourth Tuesday of every month (except December) at 6:30 p.m. at 219 West Street, Pittsboro, North Carolina.


VFW Patriotic Youth Scholarship Contest Opens

The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. is now accepting entries for its 2018-19 Voice of Democracy and Patriot’s Pen youth scholarship competitions. The announcement comes just a week after the VFW’s 2018 Legislative Conference concluded in Washington, D.C., where the top students from across the globe were recognized.


Dedicated to encouraging a better understanding and appreciation of America, the VFW’s Voice of Democracy and Patriot’s Pen essay competitions help foster patriotism among today’s youth. The programs also foster friendly competition as well as rewards success in the form of some $3 million in scholarship monies being distributed.


The Voice of Democracy theme for 2018-19 asks high school students to reflect on "Why My Vote Matters.” The audio-essay competition is open to all students in grades 9-12, with the top prize being a $30,000 scholarship award. Nearly 40,000 high school students complete in the annual competition. This year’s winner was Robyn Anzulis, sponsored by VFW Post 10076 and its Auxiliary in Mt. Airy, Md. Listen to her award-winning audio-essay here.


The Patriot’s Pen essay competition is open to all students in grades 6-8, and the 2018-19 competition asks students to examine the statement, "Why I Honor the American Flag.” The first-place winner will receive a $5,000 award. More than 132,000 students competed in this year’s Patriot’s Pen competition, with the first-place winner being Karolina Mazur, sponsored by VFW Post 521 and its Auxiliary in Owings Mills, Md. Listen to her award-winning entry here.


Student entries may be submitted (along with a completed entry form) to their local participating VFW Post:

Joe Wagner VFW Post 7313

P.O. Box 1775

Pittsboro, North Carolina 27312

Submissions are evaluated and winners move up through the organization from Post to District, State and National with financial awards at each level. The deadline for both contests is October 31, 2018.


Read more about the contests.