Operation Recognition

snapshot of American flagThe Greater Johnstown School District is proud to announce its participation in Operation Recognition, a New York State program that grants a high school diploma to any veteran of WWII, the Korean War or Vietnam War who was unable, for any reason, to complete a secondary education.

Operation Recognition was established by the State Legislature and Governor George E. Pataki to recognize the dedication and sacrifice of veterans of WWII, the Korean Conflict and Vietnam War who left school before graduating by awarding them a high school diploma based on the knowledge and experience they gained while in service.

To be eligible, a Veteran must meet the following requirements:

  1. Be a New York State resident.
  2. Engaged in active duty service for at least one day during one of the following wartime periods:
    –  World War II: December 7, 1941 – December 31, 1946
    –  Korea: June 27, 1950 – January 31, 1955
    –  Vietnam: May 1, 1961 – April 30, 1975
  3. Received a satisfactory discharge from military service.

Deceased Veterans can also receive a diploma. The child or spouse of a deceased Veteran who meets the criteria listed above may apply and accept a posthumous diploma on the Veteran’s behalf.

Qualifying Veterans or their family members must present evidence of the Veteran’s military service, including dates of service and discharge status. Acceptable verifying documents include a DD Form 214 (the Department of Defense discharge form), a WD AGO Form 53-55 form (Enlisted Record and Report of Separation), an Honorable Discharge Certificate, or a Special Discharge form from the Coast Guard or Merchant Marines.  Such documentation may also include a letter from a recognized veterans agency affirming such service.

Candidates do not need to show evidence of attendance at a school in New York State.  They only need to affirm in writing that they do not possess a high school diploma.  Veterans possessing a high school equivalency diploma are also eligible.

If you are a veteran interested in receiving your high school diploma through the Operation Recognition program, please submit the attached application, along with the required documentation, to the Superintendent’s Office at 1 Sir Bills Circle, Suite 101, Johnstown, New York 12095.

For further information, please call the Superintendent’s Office at (518) 762-4611, ext. 104.