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ASHDOWN, Ark — Ashdown Public Schools is looking for veterans of World War II, the Korean War or the Vietnam War who were not able to receive their diplomas because of military service.

The Arkansas State Board of Education allows these diplomas to be granted pursuant to Ark. Code Ann. 6-16-133 and 6-16-134.

To be eligible, veterans who left high school before graduation to serve in World War II, the Korean War or the Vietnam War, were honorably discharged from the Armed Forces of the United States of America, are a resident of the State of Arkansas, and have served a minimum of 18 consecutive months' active duty or been discharged with a service-connected disability during one of the following: Veterans of World War II, between Sept. 16, 1940, and Dec. 31, 1946; veterans of the Korean War, between June 1, 1950, and Jan. 1, 1954; or veterans of the Vietnam War, between July 3, 1965, and May 15, 1975.

A veteran will need to present to the school district's board of directors any of the following documentation of honorable discharge as evidence of eligibility under this rule:


— A War Department Adjutant General's Office Form (WD AGO);

— A Naval Personnel discharge document (NAVPERS);

— A Report of Separation from Active Duty; or

— A DD Form 214 (DD-214)


Veterans may present this information to the Ashdown Public Schools Administration Building at 751 Rankin Streetor call 870-898-3208 for more information. Diplomas will be presented during the November board meeting, which will be held Nov. 11 in conjunction with Veteran's Day.

—From Ashdown School District

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