Health Justice for Volunteers is the RPCV group that has worked hard to raise awareness about the problems that RPCVs may face in dealing with service-connected medical problems, and to advocate for reform. Nancy Tongue is the tireless RPCV who began this group. It is now an member of the NPCA network of groups. On June 25, NPCA and Health Justice for Volunteers are sponsoring a Health Justice Awareness Day. To learn more, here is the text to link to:
Here is the announcement posted on NPCA’s Peace Corps Connect website: (Please note the email links probably won’t work, directly. To use them, copy and paste in your email or go to the article at Peace Corps Connect and click there.)
“Since 1961, nearly 220,000 individuals stepped forward to answer their country’s call to service with the Peace Corps.
Often referred to as “The toughest job you’ll ever love,” a large majority of Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs) have come home with minimal or no difficulties. But for others, that has not been the case.
Over the decades, many Volunteers have returned home with serious injuries and trauma, or with unusual, hard to treat (or diagnose), life-altering diseases. Within the Peace Corps family are those RPCVs who have struggled to obtain healthcare or disability benefits. Others have lost careers, and been left destitute, uninsurable and even homeless.
On June 25, 2015 the National Peace Corps Association (NPCA) will be facilitating the first-annual nationwide Health Justice Awareness Day. The Awareness Day will be a step in broadening the awareness, conversation and actions on important issues impacting the health and well-being of vulnerable members of our community.
Be part of this historic effort! Bookmark and visit this page in the coming weeks for updates and action opportunities planned on/near June 25th! If you have any questions, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
On/about June 25th plan to organize or attend an Awareness Day event around the country. Come back to this page for a full list of planned activities. Or plan your own event with support (Awareness Dinner Toolkit, handouts, etc.) from us. Email us at email@example.com to find out more!
- Berkeley: Friday/Saturday, June 5/6: Members and supporters of the group Health Justice for Peace Corps Volunteers will have an information table and panel discussion at Peace Corps Connect-Berkeley.
- Berkeley: Sunday, June 7: Health Justice for Peace Corps Volunteers will be one of the topics during a “World Cafe” roundtable discussion session as part of NPCA’s Group Leaders Forum.
- Chico: Tuesday, June 2; 6:00 PM-7:30 PM: Join NPCA Advocacy Director Jonathan Pearson for a gathering and discussion on health care support for members of the Peace Corps community. (Starbucks Coffee, 246 Broadway Street, Chico, CA 95928) For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
- San Diego: Sunday, July 19; 2:00-5:00 PM : Join us for a Health Justice Gathering. To RSVP and for more information contact Marjory Clyne at email@example.com or check out the San Diego Peace Corps Association Facebook page.
- Fort Wayne: Friday, June 26; 5:30 PM-7:30 PM: We hope you can join us or food, fellowship and a conversation about Health Justice Awareness Day. Please RSVP. We so look forward to seeing you. (Van Gilder & Trzynka, 436 E. Wayne St., Fort Wayne, IN 46802) You can learn more about the issue at Seeking Health Justice for sick and injured Peace Corps Volunteers or by contacting Faith or David Van Gilder at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Minneapolis: Thursday, June 25; 6 PM: Join us to begin a discussion of post Peace Corps issues relating to health issues incurred, one way or another, during service. (Seward Cafe, 2129 E Franklin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55404) For more information contact Brian Ahern at BJA85@hotmail.com or join the event on Facebook.
- Jackson: Monday, June 22; 6 PM: Join us for a Diversity Dinner and Health Justice Awareness Discussion at the Pizza Shack. (925 E Fortification Street Jackson, MS 39217) For more information contact Carley Lovorn at email@example.com.
- Charleston: Thursday, June 25; 6 PM: The West Virginia RPCV group will include a discussion on RPCV health issues as part of a gathering just prior to Awareness Day. Fujiyama (5780 MacCorkle Avenue SE Charleston, WV 25304) For more information contact Scott King at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Can’t make it out to an event? Participate virtually from your home! Make plans to join us June 25th on Twitter and Facebook for awareness raising, action and conversation.
Check out our member group, http://www.healthjusticeforpeacecorpsvolunteers.org, to learn more about the group’s efforts to raise awareness and take action to support those who are injured or ill, stemming from their Peace Corps service.
Follow this link for the latest from the Peace Corps on its efforts to address health care issues.”Here is that link: