Vietnam vet Bruce Green awarded long-awaited diploma

One-half credit away: 'For me, defending our country took precedence over graduation,' Green says


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  • At long last, Bruce Green get his diploma, which he holds while celebrating with friends and family at the senior center. NYS Assemblyman James Skoufis (right) presented the diploma, and Mayor Tom Bell (second from right) joined the celebration. (Photo provided)



— Bruce Green of Chester, a Vietnam War veteran, was presented on Wednesday with his long-awaited high school diploma.

The ceremony at the Chester Senior Center was attended by more than 100 local seniors as well as Chester Mayor Tom Bell. All joined in the celebration that followed.

“Enlisting and fighting for your country takes outstanding courage and commitment,” said Assemblyman James Skoufis (D-Woodbury), who presented Green with his diploma. “After all Mr. Green has done for this nation and his fellow Americans, awarding him with his high school diploma, especially when he was so close to graduating, is the least we can do to show our respect and gratitude for his bravery.”

Green was issued his diploma from Forest Hills High School in Queens, N.Y., which he attended before enlisting in 1962. Skoufis advocated for Green, who was just one-half of a credit away from graduating.

“For me, defending our country took precedence over graduation,” said Green. “I may have taken a different path than some, but it was well worth it, and getting my diploma after all these years means a great deal to me. I thank Assemblyman Skoufis for his help making it happen and for all his support for service members and veterans.”

Operation Recognition is a New York State program that enables eligible veterans to apply for a high school diploma. Interested veterans may call Skoufis’ office at 845-469-6929.

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