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Senate Bill No. 409

(By Senators White, Barnes, Jenkins and Unger)

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[Introduced March 1, 2005; referred to the Committee

on Military; and then to the Committee on Education]

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A BILL to amend and reenact §18-2-34 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, relating to providing that veterans who serve during times of war or armed conflict prior to completing high school may receive their high school diploma under certain conditions.

Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That §18-2-34 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, be amended and reenacted to read as follows:
ARTICLE 2. STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION.

§18-2-34. High school diplomas for surviving veterans who served during times of war or armed conflict.

(a) Notwithstanding any provision of this code to the contrary, the State Board shall provide for the awarding of high school diplomas, either by the county board in the county in which the veteran resides or the county in which the veteran would have received his or her diploma, whichever location the veteran chooses, to any surviving World War I, World War II, Korean Conflict, or Vietnam Conflict, veteran who:
(1) Left school prior to graduation and served in the armed forces of the United States; Provided, That a veteran of the Korean Conflict or the Vietnam Conflict must have been attending high school at the time he or she left prior to graduating and served in the armed forces of the United States;
(2) Did not receive a high school diploma;
(3) Served during any period of war or armed conflict;
(3) (4) Was discharged from the armed services under honorable conditions; and
(4) (5) Completes the application process as provided by the joint rules of the State Board and the veterans' council.
(b) The State Board and the veterans' council, created in article one, chapter nine-a of this code, shall jointly propose rules for the identification of eligible veterans and for the awarding of high school diplomas. The rules shall provide for an application process and the credentials required to receive the high school diplomas as well as defining the terms "war" and "armed conflict."
(c) For purposes of this section:
(1) "World War I veteran" means any veteran who:
(A) Performed wartime service between April sixth, one thousand nine hundred seventeen, and November eleventh, one thousand nine hundred eighteen; or
(B) Has been awarded the World War I Victory Medal;
(2) "World War II veteran" means any veteran who performed wartime service between September sixteenth, one thousand nine hundred forty, and December thirty-first, one thousand nine hundred forty-six;
(3) "Korean Conflict veteran" means any veteran who performed military service between June twenty-seventh, one thousand nine hundred fifty, and January thirty-first, one thousand nine hundred fifty-five; and
(4) "Vietnam Conflict veteran" means any veteran who performed military service between February twenty-eighth, one thousand nine hundred sixty-one, and May seventh, one thousand nine hundred seventy-five.



NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to provide that military personnel who enlisted or was drafted during any time of war or armed conflict into the armed forces prior to receiving their high school degree are entitled to receive their high school diploma under certain circumstances.

Strike-throughs indicate language that would be stricken from the present law, and underscoring indicates new language that would be added.
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