LANSING—Veterans from across Michigan joined Sen. Judy Emmons, R-Sheridan, and Gov. Rick Snyder on Thursday for a signing ceremony of Emmons’ legislation allowing schools to award high school diplomas to honorably discharged veterans of the Vietnam War.
Michigan allows school boards to award diplomas to veterans of World War II and the Korean conflict, and Public Act 55 of 2014 extends that special recognition to veterans who served during the Vietnam Era, defined as service between Feb. 28, 1961 and May 7, 1975.
“Our veterans sacrifice much in service to America, and many veterans put the defense of liberty before their own education,” Emmons said. “I sponsored this bill as a way to thank a generation of men and women for their service in Vietnam. To some people, a diploma may seem like a small thing, but to our veterans and their families it is an important acknowledgement of everything they gave up so that we could remain free.”
Qualified veterans must have served honorably during the Vietnam Era and enlisted in or been drafted into the armed forces before high school graduation. Application forms for a diploma can be submitted to the school district the veteran was enrolled in at the time of enlistment and can be completed by the veteran or on his or her behalf by a spouse, sibling, child or grandchild.
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