Operation Recognition

"Operation Recognition" authorizes school districts to grant a high school diploma to any honorably discharged veteran who served in the United States military during World War II, Korean Conflict or Vietnam War.

Legislation for World War II Veterans: Act 73 of 2001
Legislation for Korean Conflict Veterans: Act 187 of 2002
Legislation for Vietnam War: Act 104 of 2010

In order to recognize and honor veterans who left high school prior to graduation to serve in World War II, Korea or Vietnam, the Board shall grant a diploma to a veteran who meets the following requirements:

  • Was honorably discharged from the Armed Forces of the United States of America
  • Served in the United States military between September 16,1940 and December 31, 1946 or between June 27, 1950 and January 30, 1955 or between February 28, 1961 and May 7, 1975
  • Attended high school between 1937 and 1946 during WWII or between 1947 and 1955 during the Korean Conflict or between 1958 and 1975 during the Vietnam War
  • Would have been a member of a graduation class during 1941 through 1950 for WWII or 1951 through 1957 for Korean conflict and 1961 through 1975 for Vietnam War but did not graduate due to entry into military service.
  • Is a current resident of this district or attended high school in this district or a predecessor of this district. This requirement is optional, based on school district policies

Upon proper application, the Board may award a diploma posthumously to a veteran who meets the stated requirements.

The Superintendent shall submit to the Board for its approval the name of veterans eligible for a high school diploma.

To apply for this benefit, fill out the
Application for Diploma and send it to the appropriate school district.

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