Connecticut Senate backs diplomas for Vietnam vets

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The Connecticut Senate has passed legislation that will allow local and regional school boards to award honorary high school diplomas to certain Vietnam War veterans.

Current law already allows school boards to award such diplomas to certain World War II and Korean War veterans.

The latest legislation would apply to Vietnam-era veterans who left high school before graduating in order to serve in the military. Honorably or generally discharged veterans who served actively from Feb. 28, 1961 to July 1, 1975 in the U.S. Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, Air Force or any of their reserve components, including the Connecticut National Guard, would be covered by the bill.

The bill, which passed the Senate unanimously on Wednesday, now awaits action in the House of Representatives.

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