Washington, DC-Paralyzed Veterans will hold its National Veterans Day Poster and Essay Contest for a third straight year. PVA’s contest provides school-aged children the opportunity to creatively express their gratitude for America’s veterans.

This year’s contest theme-“Veterans: A History of Service and Sacrifice”-hopes to promote awareness of and appreciation for our nation’s 26 million veterans, as well as give parents and teachers an opportunity to teach students the long history of sacrifice and accomplishments by America’s veterans.

“Before winning the PVA poster contest last year, Hugh, like many other children, seemed mesmerized by the sight of a military uniform,” said Rebecca Plaisance, mother of last year’s grand prize winner. “Through the process of creating his winning entry, Hugh had the opportunity to reflect on those people in his own family who had served our country so bravely, which led him to a deeper understanding of what it means to be a veteran and what it means to make sacrifices for one’s beliefs.”

This year’s competition extends the opportunity for participation to students in grades 1-8. Students in grades 1-4 may participate by creating posters, which will be separated into two categories for judging: 1st – 2nd grade and 3rd – 4th grade. The essay contest is open to students in grades 5-8 and will be separated into two categories for judging: 5th – 6th grade and 7th – 8th grade.

Entries will be judged by paralyzed veterans, educators and national leaders in Washington, DC. The final winners of the poster and essay contest will receive an all-expense paid trip for him or her and a family member to Washington, DC, for Veterans Day 2006 ceremonies. The essay and poster contest winner will be featured in PN, PVA’s national magazine. In addition, each top category winner will receive a special plaque and a $100 gift certificate, and five finalists from each category will receive a certificate of merit and commemorative T-shirt.

Entries must be postmarked by October 18, 2006. All questions should be sent via email to postercontest@pva.org.

Founded in 1946, Paralyzed Veterans is the only congressionally chartered veterans service organization dedicated solely for the benefit and representation of veterans with spinal cord injury or disease. It is a dynamic, broad-based organization with more than 21,000 members in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. To learn more about Paralyzed Veterans, visit its Web site at www.pva.org

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