Operation Recognition allows war veterans and families to apply for high school diplomas

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FAIRFIELD — The Solano Office of Education announced that families can apply for their veteran, living or deceased, to receive a retroactive high school diploma.

The program is called Operation Recognition.

Individuals who were unable to graduate from high school and who served in World War II, the Korean War, or the Vietnam War and were honorably discharged from military service are eligible to apply.

Japanese-American citizens who dropped out of high school due to internment in World War II resettlement camps are also eligible.

Thousands of young men and women during the 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s left high school and the comforts of home to serve in the United States Armed Forces. Many Japanese-American citizens were interned in relocation camps in various parts of the United States during World War II. Some veterans who served were unable to complete high school and receive their diplomas due to military service or Jim Crow laws in effect at the time. Veterans and Japanese-American citizens now have the option of receiving diplomas in gratitude for the sacrifices they have made.

All recipients must have been enrolled in high school prior to enlisting in military service or internment. Military service must have been from December 7, 1941 to December 31, 1946; June 27, 1950 to January 31, 1955; or from February 28, 1961 to May 7, 1975. Japanese-American citizens must prove that they were interned in a relocation camp during the period from September 16, 1940 to December 31, 1946.

Verification of military service must be provided, along with discharge papers. For assistance in obtaining a copy of the necessary documentation, contact Al Sims at the Solano County Veterans Services office at 707-784-6590, or write to him at 675 Texas St., Suite 4700, Fairfield , CA 94533.

The deadline to apply is April 29. The application and more information is available at www.solanocoe.net/oprec. Send the application and documents by e-mail to [email protected] or mail application and materials to the Solano County Office of Education, Attn: Nikki Pacheco, 5100 Business Center Drive, Fairfield, CA 94534.

An in-person ceremony will be held May 18 at the Solano County Office of Education.

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