Legislation to Respect Peace Corps Service Introduced
By Kaitlyn Moberly on Wednesday, April 24th, 2013
Last week, Congressman Albio Sires introduced the Respect for Peace Corps Volunteers Act of 2013, otherwise known as H.R. 1573. Congressman Sires serves as representative for New Jersey’s 8th district and has provided strong support for Peace Corps in the past. This particular piece of legislation would allow Returned Volunteers to display the Peace Corps name and emblem in either their obituary and/or headstone.
Returned Peace Corps Volunteers and Congressmen Mike Honda (El Salvador 1965-67), John Garamendi (Ethiopia 1966-68), Tom Petri (Somalia 1966-67), and Joe Kennedy III (Dominican Republic 2004-06) are co-sponsors of this bill.
Peace Corps Volunteers have provided a great service to their country and should be given the opportunity to personalize and commemorate their pride.
We urge you to reach out to your representative to cosponsor this bill. This is a House bill only.
Follow this link if you would like more background information before taking action:http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/113/hr1573. Email us at email@example.com to let us know if you took action or if you have any questions.
Thank you so much!
(sample message written below – Please take a moment to personalize if you can, sharing how this legislation is meaningful for you and your Peace Corps experience)
Dear Representative ______:
As a returned Peace Corps volunteer, I am proud of my service. Peace Corps is an experience that continues to influence volunteers throughout their lives and I hope to have the ability to acknowledge my appreciation in a way that exists long after I am gone.
I urge you to cosponsor Albio Sires’ H.R. 1573 bill: Respect for Peace Corps Volunteers Act of 2013. You may read the full text of the bill here.
Thank you very much for reading my request. I would be honored with a reply.
(Your Full Address)
(Peace Corps Service – if applicable)