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Paralyzed Veterans of America Rolls Out Veterans Day 2005 National Poster & Essay Contest


WASHINGTON, Sept. 28 -- Veterans Day has been celebrated since 1954, yet for many students Nov. 11 is just another day on their calendar. Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) seeks to bring it to life through its second annual National Veterans Day Poster and Essay Contest, open to students nationwide.

The contest will promote greater awareness of America’s 26 million veterans and the sacrifices they have made to ensure the freedoms we enjoy daily. The contest theme “A Veteran Is ... ” invites students from grades 1 - 6 to express their gratitude to our nation’s veterans. Last year’s contest received over 850 submissions and more are expected this year.

Entries will be judged by a panel composed of paralyzed veterans, educators and community leaders in Washington, D.C. Posters will be separated into three categories: 1st and 2nd graders should submit posters, 3rd and 4th graders submit a poster and an optional essay, and both a poster and an essay are required for 5th and 6th graders.

Each category will have 10 finalists and one winner who will receive awards. One overall national winner will also be chosen, and will receive an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C. for the 2005 Veterans Day ceremonies.

Daisy Chartier, the mother of last year’s national winner Holt Mica, said winning the contest sparked his interest in veteran’s affairs. “We will always be grateful to the PVA for the contribution it has made in Holt’s life,” she said. “Just know that this contribution will not end with him. He will continue to support PVA and share with others his passion.”

The contest deadline for submissions is Oct. 12. For more details on this contest, access


Founded in 1946, Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA), is the only congressionally chartered veterans service organization dedicated solely for the benefit and representation of individuals with spinal cord injury or disease. PVA 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 PVA, visit its Web site at


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