Crist signs Fla. Vietnam vet diploma bill

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Florida veterans who dropped out of
high school to serve in the Vietnam War will get diplomas under a
new law.

Gov. Charlie Crist signed the measure (SB 316) Wednesday.

Florida already grants diplomas to World War II and Korean War veterans who left school to serve. More than 3,000 World War II
veterans and 500 Korean War veterans have gotten the diplomas.

There's no estimate of how many Vietnam vets will apply.

The bill was among 11 Crist signed into law. They include measures expanding a panel that recommends how to spend health care
money for low-income patients but banning certain lobbyists from
being members (HB 285) and adding a dental professional to a
children's health insurance board (HB 185).

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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