NPCA to Phone Companies: Parity for PCVs
By Jonathan Pearson on Monday, December 6th, 2010
For people about to join the Peace Corps, every little bit helps. Here’s a way you can help make a difference for some of them.
Everyone who served in the Peace Corps knows all too well that the final weeks and months preparing for service is a chaotic time with lots of final arrangements in advance of a two year departure overseas. Some volunteers also experience a series of delays in deployment for a variety of reasons ranging from slowdowns in the final review process, to disruptions or delays within a country of service, or an unanticipated backlog in eligible candidates awaiting placement.
With this in mind, the National Peace Corps Association has written letters to two of the nation’s largest phone companies after learning that new Peace Corps volunteers – unlike members of the armed forces – are not provided a waiver of their penalty fee should they face an early termination charge for their phone service.
We are happy to note that Verizon does recognize this hardship, and provides a penalty fee exemption for those entering the Peace Corps.
Using our letters as a guide, make a phone call or send a letter to Qwest and AT&T, asking them to waive early termination penalty fees for citizens serving their country by joining the Peace Corps. Be sure to note if you are a customer.
Randall L. Stephenson – Chairman
208 South Akard Street
Dallas, TX 75202-4105
Edward A. Mueller – Chairman
1801 California Street
Denver, CO 80202
(You can also contact Verizon to say how pleased you are that they are recognizing the service of Peace Corps volunteers by waiving early termination fees)
Ivan Seidenberg – Chairman and CEO
Verizon Communications Inc.
140 West Street
New York, NY 10007