Archive - January 5, 2016

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Review — I AM ME BECAUSE OF YOU by Karen Lawrence with Jennifer Nelson (Kyrgyzstan 2004–06)
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Nancy Tongue (Chile 1980-82) Letter to Washington Post: Medical care for Peace Corps volunteers delayed

Review — I AM ME BECAUSE OF YOU by Karen Lawrence with Jennifer Nelson (Kyrgyzstan 2004–06)

I Am Me Because of You: A Daughter’s Peace Corps Journey through the Eyes of Her Mother (Peace Corps biography from letters and phone calls, with photos) by Karen Lawrence with Jennifer (Lawrence) Nelson (Kyrgyzstan 2004–06) Beaver’s Pond Press 2015 364 pages $24.95 (paperback) — email iammebecauseofyou@gmail.com to purchase reviewed by Catherine Onyemelukwe (Nigeria 1962–64) . • I Am Me Because of You provides a valuable resource for the parents of Peace Corps Volunteers, though for those who are frightened to know what lies ahead they might want to wait until their offspring has been in the country a few months before reading! For those less nervous, the book can be a guide to the ups and downs of following a Volunteer through training and deployment. I love the cover of I Am Me Because of You. The dusty gold with the brown edges and snapshots superimposed on a world . . .

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Nancy Tongue (Chile 1980-82) Letter to Washington Post: Medical care for Peace Corps volunteers delayed

January 4 at 4:55 PM The Dec. 24 Federal Eye article “Returned Peace Corps volunteers face long waits for health care, report says ” [The Fed Page], about the health and resulting financial issues facing up to 30 percent of the more than 220,000 returned Peace Corps volunteers, failed to mention that even those sick or injured volunteers who commit nearly full-time work to pursuing a worker’s compensation claim through the Labor Department still cannot receive more than about $21,000 annually in loss-of-wage earnings and must insure themselves for any non-service-related health issues. In forming a new task force, the Peace Corps indicated that after 30 years it was finally hearing the cries for reform. But no outside agency holds the Peace Corps accountable for improvements. Legislative reform is required to increase the disability income value and to change laws to improve ways the Peace Corps can pay for volunteers’ medical care. There . . .

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