Operation Recognition: High School Diplomas for Veterans

The New Jersey Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMAVA) and the Department of Education jointly launched a program October 5, 2000 to honor World War II era veterans who left school to join the military and never received a high school diploma. Known as Operation Recognition, the program will award a state-endorsed high school diploma to any New Jersey veteran who left a New Jersey high school to enter military service during World War II. Because of the overwhelming success of this program, The Adjutant General and the Commissioner of Education are expanding the program to include veterans from the Korean and Vietnam wars.

Programs similar to Operation Recognition have been established in other states including New York, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Carolina, Wisconsin and West Virginia.

New Jersey veterans who are:
~ Current New Jersey resident.
~ Left a New Jersey high school directly to join the military between:
September 16, 1940 - December 31, 1946
June 23, 1950 - January 31, 1955
December 31, 1960 - May 7, 1975.
~ Discharged honorably or under honorable conditions.
~ All branches of service including Merchant Marine and Coast Guard are eligible.
~ Veterans who have since earned a GED are still eligible.
~ Diplomas may also be issued posthumously. Surviving family members of eligible veterans are encouraged to apply.

Details - Paperwork needed.
~ A copy of your DD-214 or discharge papers, do NOT send originals!
~ Name and address of the high school attended.
~ The year you would have graduated.
~ Your name, address and daytime phone.

Contact -
Send your request to Operation Recognition, New Jersey Department of Military & Veterans Affairs, PO Box 340, Trenton, NJ 08625-0340. For more information call 609-530-6854.