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High School Diplomas for Veterans

Do you know a veteran who was unable to complete high school due to military service?  New York State Education Law provides that any veteran of the armed forces who served during World War II, the Korean Conflict, the Vietnam War, or any veteran of the armed forces who has served on active duty in the United States Armed Forces, and who was unable to complete a secondary education, may be awarded a high school diploma based on knowledge and experience gained while in service.

In order to qualify for this program the following rules apply:

  • The candidate may submit to any school district evidence of service during World War II, the Korean Conflict, the Vietnam War, or has served on active duty in the United States Armed Forces.
  • Such documentation may include honorable discharge papers or other such documents or a letter from a recognized veteran’s agency affirming such service. Candidates do not need to show evidence of attendance at a school in New York State. They need only affirm in writing that they do not possess a high school diploma and are residents of New York State.
  • Candidates possessing a High School Equivalency Diploma are eligible for the program.
  • Diplomas may be awarded to next of kin, if eligibility is established.

If you are, or know a veteran who is interested in this program please contact the Office of the Superintendent of Schools at 845.469.2231 extension 3401 for more information.  

Denis M. Petrilak

Superintendent of Schools

Chester Union Free School District