Respect for Peace Corps Volunteers Act of 2013
- District Meetings Yield Results: Our congratulations and thanks to those who raised this legislation during district office meetings this summer. A bi-partisan group of six lawmakers became co-sponsors of the legislation, bringing the overall number of co-sponsors to 13.
Facts and Talking Points:
As more Returned Peace Corps Volunteers become older and contemplate end-of-life decisions, one thing some have learned is that they are currently not allowed to use the Peace Corps symbol (to note their service) in death notices or at grave markers.
Congressman Albio Sires (D-NJ) has introduced legislation to correct this, by incorporating such language into the Peace Corps Act.
Read House Bill 1573, the Respect for Peace Corps Volunteers Act of 2013.
There currently is no companion legislation introduced in the Senate.
Follow this link for contact information for your Congressman/woman.
Check to see if your lawmaker is already a co-sponsor of H.R. 1573. If s/he is, contact your lawmaker to say thank you.
If not, send this basic message when contacting your lawmaker: “Please co-sponsor House Bill 1573, the Respect for Peace Corps Volunteers Act.”
You can use this sample message for more background information or if you wish to send an email message. Please take a moment (if you can) to personalize this message…
Dear Representative ______:
I write to ask you to co-sponsor House Bill 1573, the Respect for Peace Corps Volunteers Act of 2013.
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.
As more and more Returned Peace Corps Volunteers are considering end-of-life decisions, some wish to have their Peace Corps service recognized in funeral notices or at gravesites, only to find out that this is not currently designated as an allowed use of the Peace Corps symbol because it is not specified in the original Peace Corps Act.
House Bill 1573 is a common-sense piece of legislation that corrects this oversight. I ask you to become a co-sponsor of this non-controversial, bi-partisan bill to help build momentum and see that this legislation is passed without delay. No other volunteer (or his/her family) should have to face this unnecessary complication during a difficult period in life.
I thank you for reading this message and hope to learn that you will soon become a co-sponsor of H.R. 1573 bill.
Thank you very much for reading my request. I would be honored with a reply.
(Your Full Address)
(Peace Corps Service – if applicable)
Read NPCA’s original blogpost in April, 2013 about the introduction of the legislation.