Senate passes bill that would award diplomas to vets

Posted: Friday, March 30, 2001

JUNEAU (AP) -- The state House unanimously approved a bill Friday that would let the state award diplomas to World War II veterans who did not finish high school.

Rep. Pete Kott, R-Eagle River, said the measure allows Alaska to join other states in honoring World War II veterans who left school early to fight in the war. Some never finished high school because they immediately started work and families when they returned from the war.

The bill would let the state Department of Education and Early Development award diplomas to honorably discharged veterans who served between Aug, 7, 1940, and July 5, 1947.

Kott said about 150 Alaskans would be eligible. The bill was approved 32-0 and now goes to Gov. Tony Knowles for his signature.

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