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Peace Corps Online: The Greatest Generation
The fathers of the Peace Corps, John F. Kennedy and Sargent Shriver, both saw combat in World War II as did many other "Peace Corps Giants" like Jack Vaughn (photo above) who fought in the Marines in the Philippines and who, at 85, is now the last surviving member of his platoon. No one hates war more than a veteran and it was because they hated war that out of
their sacrifice they sustained institutions like the United Nations and created organizations like the Peace Corps.
On the 60th anniversary of the ending of WWII, we honor members of "Greatest Generation" and present the story of one of them and his contribution to the Peace Corps.
1. The Greatest Generation: Golden Anniversaries Relished by WWII Generation
"This summerâfrom May through Augustâhas become a season of golden anniversaries for the World War II generation. They have triggered vivid reminiscences of those climactic eventsâV.E. Day, V. J. Day, the signing of the treatyâwhich marked the successful conclusion of the war and have evoked a nostalgia, even celebratory mood." Jack Crandall headed SUNY Brockport's Peace Corps/College Degree Program from 1967 to 1971. Read his memories of the end of WWII and the amazing coincidences that culminated in golden moments not far from the Golden Gate, leaving golden memories behind. This article was written shortly before Dr. Crandall's death.
The debate continues over the Peace Corps Military Option. Read two new viewpoints on the military's plans to let selected recruits meet part of their reserve military obligations after active duty by serving in the Peace Corps, allowing recruits to count time in one toward service in the other.
Welcome Soldiers to the Peace Corps
Coleman McCarthy says RPCVs should welcome soldiers to the Peace Corps. "If contamination is the fear, why not exclude all former soldiers who might want to join the Peace Corps? If that idea has never been advanced, and it never has, what's the difference between accepting those recently out of the
military and those still in? If they are qualified and can pass all the entrance requirements, let them in."
RPCV Avi Spiegel says the Peace Corps is not the place for soldiers. "If people around the world begin to see no difference between the Peace Corps and the U.S. military - if the Peace Corps loses its cherished independence - then the most effective public diplomacy program we have is finished. And President John F. Kennedy's grand vision of young people serving their country in the cause of peace will die with it. "
Last issue we put up a poll for RPCVs to express their opinion on the Military Option. Read the results of what over 1,500 RPCVs and Friends of the Peace Corps think and the comments of over 100 RPCVs at:
3. Why blurring the lines with the Military would put PCVs in Danger
Peace Corps Volunteer Richard Starr (photo above)
Self-described "military brat" Joanne Marie Roll (RPCV Colombia) says that when the National Call to Service legislation was amended to include Peace Corps in December of 2002, this country had not yet invaded Iraq and was not in prolonged military engagement in the Middle East, as it is now. "The soldiers who have been in the military during a time of war will be loaded with intelligence which would be of prime value to terrorists. Once away from the protection that the military, of necessity, provides its members and assigned in Peace Corps sites, unarmed and
isolated, they will be vulnerable to being captured."
Peace Corps Volunteers don't get medals or battle ribbons. There are no welcome home parades. Nor would any of us want it that way. But the story of one volunteer's three years of captivity as the hostage of a insurrection group in Colombia should be told and his name remembered with honor. He was Richard Starr, Peace Corps Volunteer, Colombia 1976-80.
4. Peace Corps Fund announces Sept 29 Fund Raiser in NYC
The PeaceCorpsFund is moving fast towards their September special event to raise funds to support RPCV projects within the U.S. The PeaceCorpsFund is not a membership organization. It has been established to help RPCVs fund local projects to educate Americans about the world we knew as Volunteers. There is no paid staff, no full time office space, and all the work done for the PeaceCorpsFund is done by RPCVs volunteering their time as a Third Goal effort.
Read the story and find out how you can contribute an item to their "silent auction" or buy tickets to the event at:
5. Peace Corps Director completes three week trip through Africa
Peace Corps Director Gaddi Vasquez (above, right) has just completed a three week tour through Africa. Read about the last leg of his journey and what he saw in Madagascar. "The Peace Corps values the program in Madagascar because the volunteers are making positive contributions, but also because they are learning about Madagascar and will share their experience with the American people when they return home," said Director Vasquez. "It is my strong belief that the collaboration between the Peace Corps and Madagascar will continue to flourish, due in large part to the hospitality and welcoming spirit of the people of this great country."
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