Closing Thought–12Jan18

Pres. Kennedy back in the day organized and established the US Peace Corps and since the 60’s this group has done some amazing work….helping people in the Third World from everything from agriculture to water purification…..

Recently the Peace Corps had a tragedy when one of its own died because of lack of medical care in China….the Senate has taken up this to try to see that this never happens again….

U.S. Senators Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.), and Chris Coons (D-Del.) today introduced 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 would have turned 28 today.

“Very simple steps would have saved Nick’s life,” said Sue and David Castle, the parents of Nick Castle. “As parents, we have worked for legislation to ensure this never happens to another family, and we believe this legislation will make the changes that are needed. Nick wanted to make a difference in this world, but he didn’t have time to do that. We hope with the passing of this legislation that he can make a true lasting impact on the Peace Corps.”

https://www.foreign.senate.gov/press/chair/release/senators-introduce-peace-corps-reform-act-of-2018

My day has come to an end….please have a good evening and be well and safe…..chuq

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