Chris Dodd's Vision for the Peace Corps
- From Peace Corps Online (peacecorpsonline.com):
Senator Chris Dodd (RPCV Dominican Republic) spoke at the ceremony for
this year's Shriver Award and elaborated on issues he raised at Ron
Tschetter's hearings. Dodd plans to introduce legislation that may
include: setting aside a portion of Peace Corps' budget as seed money
for demonstration projects and third goal activities (after adjusting
the annual budget upward to accommodate the added expense), more
volunteer input into Peace Corps operations, removing medical,
healthcare and tax impediments that discourage older volunteers,
providing more transparency in the medical screening and appeals
process, a more comprehensive health safety net for recently-returned
volunteers, and authorizing volunteers to accept, under certain
circumstances, private donations to support their development projects.
He plans to circulate draft legislation for review to members of the
Peace Corps community and welcomes RPCV comments.