TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Florida is offering a heartfelt thanks to veterans by helping them achieve an educational goal that they may have thought would never happen.
The Florida Department of Education is granting high school diplomas to veterans who joined the military before they finished high school.
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It's called the Florida Veteran Diploma Program. Diplomas are awarded to soldiers honorably discharged from their service in World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War.
Gayle Manley of the Department of Education says a lot of older veterans are touched by the chance to finally get their high school diploma, while younger ones need it for employment.
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Manley says the diploma program is one way for Florida to show it's a veteran-friendly state.
"It's a good thing to do. I think there are other states that are doing this also but the Florida Legislature started this in 2000 as a way to honor our servicemen and women whose education was interrupted."
Since program started in 2000, the Department of Education has awarded about 4,200 diplomas to veterans who joined the service before finishing high school.
For more information on the Florida Veteran Diploma Program call 850-245-9057.
First Coast News