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Sacramento County Office of Education Sacramento County Office of Education

Operation Recognition



Primary Contact​​

Charlene VanAllen, Manager, Communications
(916) 228-2416

Operation Recognition was adopted unanimously in October 2001 by the Sacramento County Board of Education to honor individuals whose secondary education was interrupted due to circumstances of World War II, the Korean War, or the Vietnam War. Through the Operation Recognition program, the Board of Education now provides a high school diploma to qualifying veterans. Operation Recognition high school diplomas awarded by the Board are authorized by California Education Code § 51430–§ 51442. Photos from graduation ceremonies are available on SCOE's Operation Recognition website.


Veterans of World War II, the Korean War, or the Vietnam War, with honorable discharges, who left school to serve in the U.S. military. Also Japanese American citizens whose internment in World War II relocation centers prevented their graduation from their home town high school.

Publications and Materials

Downloadable PDF Documents​—Operation Recognition diploma application, flyer, news article suitable for reproduction, and fact sheet are available online. Materials are also available by contacting SCOE by phone or mail. Call (916) 228-2416 or write to Operation Recognition, SCOE, P.O. Box 269003, Sacramento, CA 95826-9003.


California County Superintendents Educational Services Association, Sacramento County Veterans Service Officer, Military Order of the Purple Heart, Disabled American Veterans, American Legion, California Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Japanese American Citizens League, Sacramento Public Library, California Civil Liberties Public Education Program

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Last Modified: 5/10/2019 11:19 AM