County graduation applicants sought for veterans diploma project

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Courtesy Photo: The 2013 recipients of the Operation Recognition Veterans Diploma Project awards given by the San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools to veterans that never received their high school diploma due to military service. The deadline to apply for a retroactive diploma is August 25.

Applications are being accepted for the annual graduation ceremony to award diplomas to men and women whose high school education was interrupted due to military service or internment in a Japanese American camp.

In partnership with the County Department of Veterans Affairs, the San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools is offering an opportunity to provide veterans and internees who qualify for a high school diploma, as authorized through the California Education Code.

The deadline to apply for the ninth annual Operation Recognition Veterans Diploma Project is Aug. 25. More than 260 veterans have been honored and recognized through the first eight years of the program.

Diplomas will be awarded to qualified applicants who are residents of San Bernardino County at a presentation in October. There is no cost to apply or to receive a high school diploma.

Veterans who served in and received an honorable discharge from World War II, the Korean War or the Vietnam War; or individuals who were interned in a Japanese American relocation camp and are San Bernardino County residents are eligible to participate.

Applications can be downloaded from the County Schools’ website at http://vdp.sbcss.k12.ca.us/attachments/article/1/VDP_Application_Information-2017.pdf .

For assistance with verification of military service and/or discharge papers, contact the County Department of Veterans Affairs at 866.472.8387 or 909.387.5516.

For more information about the program, visit the County Schools’ Veterans Diploma Project webpage at http://vdp.sbcss.k12.ca.us/ or contact County Schools at 909.386.2412.

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