Teresa Heinz Kerry's comments

Peace Corps Online: Peace Corps News: Special Reports: Teresa Heinz Kerry comments on Peace Corps Volunteers: July 28, 2004: Headlines: Election2004 - Kerry: National Review: National Review says Teresa Heinz Kerry's "celebration of the Peace Corps volunteer, as the great American face, was truly offensive" : Teresa Heinz Kerry's comments

By Orianne Reich (rdbck-3626.palmer.mtaonline.net - on Monday, August 02, 2004 - 11:49 pm: Edit Post

I understand her comment. I am also aware that Marines in Iraq are distributing soccer balls,
helping rebuild gymnasiums and literally wrestled with Iraqui wrestlers...without guns.I honor the young people whose lives are on the line. My interpretation of her comment was not derogatory to others who serve. Actually this is the first time I have heard any comments about the Peace Corps.
After her husband's acceptance speech on Thursday night, I was ready to re-up. His idealism is not naive, his whole life has lead to this.
I was in Guatemala ( Guate.111) when the Marines went into the Dominican Republic. Peasants were telling me that the Yanqui were imperialists. In truth I didn't even understand what the word "imperialist" meant. I was so young and so idealistic. Now I am so aware of how we are viewed and I grieve that there are such gaps in understanding each other.
Thank you Teresa.

By Elliott S. Glazer (hccs15ip205.hccs.edu - on Tuesday, August 03, 2004 - 5:02 pm: Edit Post

I went into Peace Corps for my own benefit; perhaps that is the reason I feel I was successful. Those who chose Peace Corps to save the world were often the first ones to return early or to get discouraged.

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