This is a sad and true and terrible story entitled “One mother’s story of how the Peace Corps failed her daughter.” It is also the most read blog post on our site. I first heard about what had happened to this Volunteer from Health Justice for Peace Corps Volunteers, an NPCA Affiliate group started by RPCV Nancy Tongue (Chile 1980-82). I uploaded the story on our site on April 26, 2016. Today, the story continues to catch the attention of readers. That tells me that when read, the reader mentions the story to other RPCVs who come to our site and read the sad account.
When checking Google Analytics, I see recently published items usually have around 100 ‘hits’ in any seven day period. This story of how the Peace Corps failed a Volunteer has had 60 or more ‘hits’ every week since 2016.
The majority of blogs posted on our site for any given week receive 0 to 1 Comments. “One mother’s story” so far, has received 28 comments, the last posted on March 21, 2019.
This is what that reader wrote:
I’m so sorry for your daughter and family and all that you all have had to endure, with nonexistent Peace Corps. I am currently going through medical and legal clearance for the Peace Corps, having received an invitation last month, and hearing so many stories like this is helping me confirm more and more that I just don’t think I can go through with this. I will be just out of college, and while I am so in love with the concept of the Peace Corps, it is clearly flawed and that cannot be overlooked. Thank you so much for sharing your family’s very personal story with the world. My heart goes out to you and Meghan and your family.
When posting the story on our site in April, 2016, I wrote:
This is a long, heartbreaking and true story of the experiences of a PCV who served in Malawi, became ill overseas as a Volunteer, and had the Peace Corps turn their back on her plight while overseas and when she was home again. Why the Peace Corps didn’t help Meghan Wolf receive medical care is the fault of the Peace Corps Staff and the Peace Corps legislation. Why the legislation hasn’t been changed is the fault of the agency, the US Department of Labor (the agency responsible for managing medical claims and loss of wages for Peace Corps service-related health issues) and Congress, which sets the budget and determines laws governing the care PCVs and RPCVs. RPCVs, the NPCA, and those who support the Peace Corps are also at fault for not having successful argued all these years to have the laws changed so sick and injured RPCVs are properly cared for after their years of service. Today, the NPCA is working for reform, but we have to help those RPCVs who are too sick to work earn more than the ~$22,000 they currently receive from the government. Here is why…..
If you haven’t read the story, you should. Go to this link: