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Posted on Sunday, February 03, 2008 - 4:50 pm:   

If anyone has any experience with appealing a rejection letter from the Peace Corps, please write to me at Specifically, I'd like to know:

1. Whether your appeal was successful or not, and how you went about it.

2. Whether, despite PC's claims, a history of mental-health treatment means automatic rejection.

I am so eager to serve. My qualifications are much higher than the average new college grad, and I have significant overseas and cross-cultural experience. I'm an older nominee (40+) who went through an unusually difficult time in my life nearly 10 years ago. Treatment has made me healthier than ever. I was completely open and honest in my initial application and my medical paperwork, and my therapist gave me a glowing recommendation. Maybe I'm naive, but I was surprised to be rejected so quickly -- I feel as if I was just a piece of paper in the PC bureaucracy. My recruiter is outraged and eager to help me, but she warns that regional and DC offices may not be very interested.

I hope someone will be willing to share similar experiences -- I'd sure like to hear it's possible my appeal will be successful!

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