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    War veterans can get high school diplomas

    By Times staff writer
    © St. Petersburg Times
    published October 24, 2002

    Veterans of World War II and the Korean War are eligible to receive high school diplomas provided they are Florida residents.

    To help commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Korean War, people inducted into military service between January 1950 and January 1954 can apply for and receive a high school diploma.

    Other criteria include an honorable discharge; having started high school between 1946 and 1950; and having been scheduled to graduate from high school between 1950 and 1954. World War II veterans also are eligible.

    The criteria include induction or enlistment into military service between Sept. 16, 1940, and Dec. 31, 1946; an honorable discharge; started high school between 1937 and 1946; and scheduled to graduate from high school between 1941 and 1950.

    These diplomas are for any veteran who resides in Florida, regardless of whether they were living in Florida at the time they went to high school.

    Applications for the diploma are available on the Internet or by calling the Department of Veterans Affairs at 1-800-827-1000 ext. 7400, (727) 518-3202 ext. 508, or by checking at www.floridavets.org.

    The Department of Education administers the diplomas. The DOE can be reached at (850) 922-5961.

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