The program was adopted in October 2001 by the Sacramento County Board of Education to honor the contributions and sacrifices of individuals who missed completing high school to serve in the U.S. military (specifically during World War II or the Korean War), or who were relocated to a World War II internment camp for Japanese-American citizens.
In 2005, the County Board of Education expanded the program to include veterans of the Vietnam War.
Sacramento County has provided diplomas to 171 veterans and Japanese-American citizens through Operation Recognition since 2001. Eight of the diplomas have been awarded posthumously.
County residents are encouraged to request diplomas on behalf of themselves or qualifying family members, including persons who are now deceased.
Applications and qualifications can be obtained by visiting www.scoe.net, calling 916-228-2416 or by mail at Operation Recognition, P.O. Box 269003, Sacramento, CA 95826-9003. Applications are also available from the Sacramento County Veterans Service Office, located in midtown Sacramento at 2007 19th Street.
The deadline to submit applications is April 30, 2014.
Those who meet the qualifications but earned a GED are also eligible.
Diploma recipients and/or survivors should be current or former Sacramento County residents. Those living outside Sacramento County may be referred to their local county’s office of education.
There is no charge to participate in the program.
The Sacramento County Board of Education is scheduled to hold its next Operation Recognition diploma ceremony on May 20, 2014.