The Safety Program of the VFW continues to provide and promote programs designed to safeguard our communities. The VFW is actively conducting and participating in six major categories under which any drug or safety activity will fall. Virtually all drug or safety activities conducted by a Post can be reported within each of the six categories. Credit will be given only once for each activity.


The Program Reporting period is May 1, 2023 to April 30, 2024.


The six categories are:

1. Highway Safety: Any activity intended to improve individual driving skills and awareness or activities associated with improving safety in our vehicles and on our roadways. (Click It or Ticket, State approved driving course)

2. Pedestrian Safety: Any worthwhile activity intended to improve individual awareness and visibility of non-motorized vehicle riding skills, awareness and responsibility. (Bicycle Safety, Lite-a-Tike or Halloween Safety Bags)

3. Recreational Safety: Any organized activity associated with improving the skills and responsibilities of those individuals engaged in recreation activities with children and/or adults. (Hunter Safety, Water/Boater Safety, Outdoor Safety, Winter Sports Safety)

4. Home/Fire Safety: Activities designed to promote and inform individuals within the community about protecting their homes, possessions and lives. (Home/Fire Protection - Indoor/Outdoor)

5. Drug Awareness: Any program designed to inform and protect your community fro the influence of substance abuse, to include prescription drugs. (D.A.R.E., PTA meetings, Substance/Alcohol Abuse awareness)

6. Recognition/Other: A program to bring public recognition to the people of the community who spend their work day protecting the lives and property. Recognizing the heroism/or safety achievements of those individuals in the community. This category may also be used to report an activity that does not fit into any of the above categories, including cooperation with other groups and organizations besides the VFW. (Life Saving Award, Law Enforcement Officer, EMT/Paramedic, Firefighter of the Year Award, Distribution of various safety related materials)

Click Here for Public Service Officer of the Year Entry Form

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Each Post shall submit, to the Safety Director, their nomination(s) for each of the following:  Firefighter, Emergency Medical Technician/Paramedic and the Law Enforcement of the Year award(s) NO LATER THAN January 1ST, 2024.   Department Safety Director, through the voting committee, will then submit one entry from each category to National. Citations will be issued for the Department winners at the 2024 Department Convention. 


Awards: The top 3 Posts in each division, based on the number of creditable reports, will receive Department Citations. Posts will receive one point for each activity reported on the Department Activity Report. Posts must submit one (1) entry for the Public Service Officer of the Year to received All-State credit.          


Divisions:   As of July 1, 2023            


I           10-65


II         66-125


III       126-225


   IV       226-OVER


Let's be committed to Drug Awareness and Safety in the Great State of Iowa.


All State:  

Posts MUST submit one nomination for any of the three Public Service Officer of the Year Award (s). Nominations must be submitted to the Safety Director by January 1, 2024.