ADAMS TOWNSHIP — As a way of commemorating our veterans and honoring the many veterans in the community, Clinton-Massie Local Schools is pleased to participate in the Ohio High School Veterans’ Diploma program.

Ohio law allows public school districts to confer a high school diploma to veterans who have served in any branch of the U.S. armed services between Sept. 16, 1940, and the end of the Vietnam War. The applicant must meet the following requirements, as established by the Ohio Revised Code:

• The veteran left school prior to graduation in order to serve in the armed forces of the United States, or left prior to graduation for family circumstances and subsequently entered the armed forces of the United States.

• The veteran has not been granted a diploma, honors diploma, diploma of adult education, or diploma from another school.

• The veteran must have been honorably discharged.

• The veteran is an Ohio resident, or was enrolled in any high school in Ohio.

Likewise, the Board may grant a high school diploma to any woman who left high school in any state during World War II, the Korean Conflict, or the Vietnam War if she meets the following requirements:

• The woman left high school to join the workforce to support her family, to join the war effort, or due to family circumstances that led her to join the workforce or war effort.

• The woman is an Ohio resident, or was enrolled in any high school in this state.

To receive a diploma from Clinton-Massie Local Schools, the veteran must be a resident of Clinton County, but need not to have attended Clinton-Massie Local Schools. Applicants are not required to take any tests to qualify to receive their diploma, and the school district is permitted to award a diploma to a veteran, posthumously.

To begin the process, the veteran, or a relative of the veteran, must complete a form provided by the Veterans Service Commission. Once complete, the applicant must deliver the completed application to the Clinton County Veterans Service Commission located at 43 South Walnut Street on courthouse square in downtown Wilmington.

The veteran must also take a copy of their DD214 military discharge record.

Any questions regarding processing of the application by the Veterans Service Commission should be directed to [email protected] or 937-382-3233.

Once approved by the Veterans Service Commission, the veteran should contact the Clinton-Massie Local Schools’ central office at 937-289-2109 to finalize printing of the diploma and to arrange a time for the diploma presentation at a Clinton-Massie commencement or during another opportunity.

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