High School Diplomas to World War II, Korea, and Vietnam War Veterans


The Godfrey-Lee Board of Education recognizes the service provided to the country and the individual sacrifices made by veterans of World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War eras. Since many of these veterans left high school in order to fight for their country, the Board wishes to recognize their efforts by awarding a high school diploma to qualified military veterans in accordance with Public Act 181 of 2001, Public Act 203 of 2003, and Public Act 55 of 2014.

The Board authorizes the Superintendent to accept applications and documentation on the forms provided by the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, Veterans Affairs Directorate. The Board will review the applications to ensure the law has been met and may then authorize the awarding of the high school diploma.

The veteran must meet the following requirements:

(a) Before graduation from a high school, the military veteran enlisted in or was drafted into the armed forces of the United States during World War II between December 16, 1940 and December 31, 1946, during the Korean conflict between June 27, 1950 and January 31, 1955, or during the Vietnam era between February 28, 1961 and May 7, 1975.

(b) At the time he or she was drafted into or enlisted in the armed forces of the United States, the military veteran was enrolled in a high school in the school district to which the application is made.

(c) The military veteran did not graduate from high school.

(d) The military veteran served under honorable conditions during World War II, the Korean conflict, or during the Vietnam era.

The application form is downloadable at the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency website or by clicking on this link:


Eligible veterans meeting these requirements and wishing to take advantage of this provision should complete and forward your application to the Office of the Superintendent, Godfrey-Lee Public Schools, 1324 Burton Street SW, Wyoming, MI 49509. If you have questions or need assistance, call us at (616) 241-4722 ext. 5320.

About David Britten

Retired U.S. Army Officer, former elementary, middle and high school principal, currently serving as a public school superintendent.
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