No Ombudsman/No Support for Serving PCVs/No Santa Claus

Peace Corps Online: Peace Corps News: Special Reports: December 3, 2004: Promises not funded are promises not kept: November 19, 2004: Headlines: Congress: Legislation: Appropriations: Thomas: Peace Corps is funded at $320 million, $12 million above FY04 and $81 million below the President's request. : No Ombudsman/No Support for Serving PCVs/No Santa Claus

By Joanne Marie Roll (joey) ( - on Tuesday, December 14, 2004 - 11:56 am: Edit Post

The legislation which would have authorized an Ombudsman and other support services for serving PCVS will die in committee when this Congress adjourns. Once again, the RPCV community failed to advocate effectively. The tactic of divide and conquer worked really well, again, as we squabbled among ourselves about what is risk and who is the real Peace Corps - staff or volunteers and all the other old arguments.
Call your Congress Rep and your Senators and just remind them that there are serving Peace Corps Volunteers "out there" and no one is embedded with them and attention should be paid if they get sick or hurt or lost. Remind Congress that times of political transition are particulary dangerous times for serving Peace Corps Volunteers. Beg them to "pay attention."

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