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Thursday, February 08, 2018

Corker on Peace Corp legislation
U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) is praising the Senate Foreign Relations Committee for it's passage of legislation to reform the Peace Corps. The Nick Castle Peace Corps Reform Act of 2018 would improve access to medical care for volunteers, strengthen accountability and oversight, and enhance procedures to reduce the risk of crime in the countries in which volunteers serve. The legislation is named in honor of Nick Castle, of Brentwood, Calif., who lost his life at age 23 due to inadequate health care while serving in China in 2013. It was later determined by the inspector general that flaws in medical care and the response to his illness contributed to his death. Nick passed away 5 years ago on Wednesday. “I am always inspired by young people, like Nick Castle, who dedicate themselves to making a difference early in life,” said Corker, who chairs the Committee. “Nick exemplified the extraordinary commitment of Peace Corps volunteers who devote 2-3 years in service to our country. They deserve the very best support we can provide. Our bill will expand oversight and accountability at the Peace Corps while improving the care our volunteers receive overseas and for service-related injuries when they return home." Corker said there is strong bipartisan support for efforts to strengthen the Peace Corps and honor Castle’s memory.


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