COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
P.O. BOX 2120
RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120
SUPTS. MEMO NO. 147
October 25, 2002
Jo Lynne DeMary
Superintendent of Public Instruction
Commonwealth of Virginia Korean War and Vietnam War Veteran Honorary High School Diplomas
This memorandum provides information about the establishment of the Commonwealth of Virginia Korean War and Vietnam War Veteran Honorary High School Diplomas to be issued by the Board of Education. The 2002 General Assembly session adopted Senate Bill 365, sponsored by Senator Harry B. Blevins, to establish the honorary diploma and designate the first week in November as Virginia Korean War Veterans Appreciation Week. The Board of Education extended the issuance of honorary diplomas to veterans who served in the country of Vietnam between 1961 and 1975 and who were unable to continue their education upon returning home. At its September meeting, the Board of Education adopted guidelines for the application process and award of the diplomas. These guidelines and a request for a veterans honorary high school diploma are attached.
Senate Bill 365 recognizes the educational, personal, and financial sacrifices made by Korean War veterans who served in the United States Armed Forces. The General Assembly found that some of these veterans left school before completing the requirements for their high school diploma. Many of them were unable to complete their high school education for various reasons upon returning home. Because the General Assembly found that these veterans have made "significant contributions" to this country "while gaining substantial knowledge and skills through work," Senate Bill 365 provides for the honorary high school diploma to be issued by the Board of Education to qualified veterans according to guidelines developed by the board.
Any veteran of the Korean War or the Vietnam War who is interested in receiving the Commonwealth of Virginia Korean War or Vietnam War Veteran Honorary High School Diploma must submit a statement that includes the following information:
1. The veterans full name;
2. Dates of service;
3. Statement declaring he was drafted or did enlist in the United States Armed Forces and that the veteran was unable to resume his education upon returning to civilian life;
4. If a Vietnam War veteran, served in the country of Vietnam between 1961 and 1975.
The information may be submitted by the veteran, by his or her family, or by any individual or veterans organization on behalf of the veteran. Honorary diplomas will be distributed to the veterans during Virginia Korean War Veterans Appreciation Week or on a case-by-case basis, as necessary.
We encourage school divisions to work with local veterans organizations in recognizing and honoring Korean War and Vietnam War veterans for the contributions and sacrifices they made to protect this country and its people.
Please do not hesitate to contact Mr. Duane C. Sergent, associate director of veterans and proprietary education, (firstname.lastname@example.org) at (804) 225-2083 if you need additional information. Applications for an honorary diploma should be made to the Department of Education, Attention: Veterans Education, P.O. Box 2120, Richmond, Virginia 23218-2120.