The Sacramento County Office of Education is again awarding high school diplomas to qualifying U.S. veterans and Japanese American citizens through its popular "Operation Recognition" program.
The Operation Recognition 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 World War II or the Korean War) or due to relocation 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.
Since 2001, the Board of Education has provided diplomas to 163 qualifying veterans and Japanese American citizens through Operation Recognition. Eight of the diplomas have been awarded posthumously.
Residents of Sacramento County are encouraged to request diplomas on behalf of themselves or qualifying family members, including those who are now deceased. The deadline to submit applications is April 29, and the next Operation Recognition diploma ceremony is scheduled for May 21.
Applications are available by mail: Operation Recognition, P.O. Box 269003, Sacramento, 95826-9003, or by phone at 916-228-2416. An application may be submitted by a family member of a qualifying individual. Those who meet the qualifications but already earned a GED are eligible.