Assemblyman Michael Cusick (D-Mid-Island) announced that a bill he authored directing the Commissioner of Education to develop a program for Vietnam veterans to receive high school diplomas has passed the Assembly today (A.239-A). The bill had previously passed the Senate and awaits the governor’s signature to become law.
"One of the great programs we have here in New York is "Operation Recognition," which allows World War II and Korean War veterans to receive high school diplomas if they were unable to do so in the past," Cusick said. "My bill would expand the program to include Vietnam veterans and award them a high school diploma based on the knowledge and experience they gained while in service."
If the bill becomes law, Vietnam veterans who would like to obtain a high school diploma should contact the school (or its successor school) they attended immediately prior to joining the military. Veterans needing proof of military service should contact the nearest New York State Division of Veterans’ Affairs office for assistance in obtaining documentation of active duty. The Staten Island Office of Veterans’ Affairs phone number is (718) 447-8787.
"Many veterans left everything at home behind – including their secondary education – to protect our country," Cusick said. "It is only right that we now award them diplomas as a token of our thanks."