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[NPCAAdvocacy] Legislation introduced removing Peace Corps from military recruitment

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  • Debbie Anderson
    Jonathan Pearson wrote:From: Jonathan Pearson To: Date: Tue, 13 Sep 2005 13:04:53 -0400
    Message 1 of 1 , Sep 13, 2005

      Jonathan Pearson <jonathan@...> wrote:
      From: "Jonathan Pearson" <jonathan@...>
      To: <npcaadvocacy@...>
      Date: Tue, 13 Sep 2005 13:04:53 -0400
      Subject: [NPCAAdvocacy] Legislation introduced removing Peace Corps from military recruitmen


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      Dear Members of the NPCA Advocacy Listserv:

      This is to inform you that legislation has been introduced in the House of
      Representatives to remove Peace Corps from an existing law that connects
      Peace Corps service as an option within a military recruitment initiative.

      The legislation, H.R. 3709, has been introduced by Congressman John Kline
      (R-MN), a member of the House Armed Services committee. To view the
      legislation, go to http://thomas.loc.gov/ and type in H.R. 3709 in the box
      titled, "Search Bill Text 109th Congress"

      We are in the process of preparing action opportunities and expect to have
      them available to you shortly. In the meantime, we are attaching the press
      release from Congressman Kline (below). It should be noted that the
      Congressman served for 25 years in the United States Marine Corps (retired
      with the rank of Colonel) and served as a military aide to both Presidents
      Carter and Reagan.

      Kline Introduces Legislation to Separate Military Service, Peace Corps

      WASHINGTON – Congressman John Kline (R-MN) introduced legislation to alter
      the National Call to Service Program to remove the Peace Corps as an option
      for completing an individual’s military enlistment requirement.

      The National Call to Service recruitment program was created in December
      2002 to allow military recruits to count service in the Peace Corps or
      Americorps toward the 8 year commitment required of enlisted military

      Many former Peace Corps members are concerned that perceived links between
      military service and the Peace Corps could jeopardize the safety of Peace
      Corps Volunteers who provide humanitarian service in remote locations.
      Kline’s legislation will help differentiate the roles of Peace Corps
      volunteers from those of enlisted military personnel.

      “Thousands of military veterans have served honorably in the Peace Corps
      following their military careers and will continue to do so,” said Kline.
      “The goal of this legislation is to ensure the independence of the Peace
      Corps and the safety of their volunteers.”

      # # #

      Jonathan Pearson
      Advocacy Coordinator
      National Peace Corps Association
      1900 L Street NW,  Suite 205
      Washington, DC 20036
      202-293-7728, ext. 21
      fax: 202-293-7554

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