Letter: Vets can apply for honorary diploma

At its June 8 meeting, the Rappahannock County School Board approved one of my last acts as superintendent: a recommendation to encourage Rappahannock County veterans of World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War who were unable to finish high school due to service in those wars to seek honorary high school diplomas.

Virginia law 22.1-17.4 allows certain honorary diplomas to be issued under specific circumstances. It sets guidelines for the process veterans should follow if they wish to pursue the honorary diploma.

According to regulations established by the Virginia Department of Education: “Veterans Honorary High School Diplomas recognize the life experiences of honorably discharged veterans who were unable to complete their high school education because of service in the armed forces during World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. Since the first honorary diplomas were issued in 2001, more than 2,000 have been awarded to veterans of the three wars.

To obtain an honorary diploma, a veteran may submit a statement to the Virginia Department of Education describing his or her service, the location of the last school attended, and affirming that he or she was unable to complete high school upon return to civilian life. The guidelines also allow for the submission of information by family members and veterans’ organizations.”
Forms for requesting the diplomas may be found here.

Also, you may contact superintendent’s secretary, Mel Paratore, at 540-987-8773, who will be glad to provide a hard copy of the application.

We urge Rappahannock veterans who qualify for the honorary diplomas to follow the process outlined above to get this important recognition. We salute our veterans of the wars covered by the above law as well as those who have served more recently for their service to our country.

Robert T. Chappell,
Rappahannock County Schools

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