The state Senate has passed legislation to make all honorably discharged military veterans eligible for a high school degree based on knowledge and experience from their service time.
The effort, called "Operation Recognition," already allows veterans of World War II, Korea and the Vietnam wars to get diplomas.
The legislation would expand eligibility to other veterans who didn't complete their formal education afterward.
Sen. Michael Grisanti, a Buffalo Republican who sponsored the bill, says many young people left high school for the armed forces, didn't finish for various reasons and should have the opportunity to get it if they want.
The Senate bill was sent to the Assembly.