Vietnam Veteran receives high school diploma from Upshur County

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MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (WDTV)-- A Vietnam Veteran received his high school diploma from Upshur County during a small ceremony at the Martinsburg VA Medical Center on Monday.

According to Upshur County Schools, 78-year-old Floyd Covey was drafted to serve in the Vietnam War before he got the chance to graduate.

Covey told staff members that his mother was disappointed that he never finished high school. Staff members got the help of the West Virginia Department of Veterans Assistance to fulfill that wish for Covey and his mother.

“During a time in his life while others were graduating, he was unable to,” said Stankus, “It is our honor to award his well-deserved diploma.”

The Upshur County Board of Education did invite him to walk in their high school graduation ceremony back in May, but he was not able to attend because of a medical concern.

According to Upshur County Schools, Sara Stankus, Superintendent and Deb Harrison, Assistant Superintendent were at the VAMC to award Covey his diploma. Covey's brother, fellow Veterans and employees of the VAMC were also in attendence.

“This day really proves that no act is too small to help make a difference in our Veterans’ lives,” said Timothy Cooke, Medical Center Director . “I am glad we were all able to come together to make this day special for Mr. Covey.”

Covey said that he kept thinking of his mother and that it would mean everything to her.