Mr. Speaker, Peace Corps volunteers represent what is best about America. They are our angels abroad.
They give years of their lives to help other people. They build goodwill across the globe for the United States.
But many Peace Corps volunteers don’t receive the care that they need both in-country and when they get home. Peace Corps volunteers struggle to access quality medical treatment when they are abroad in remote areas of the world.
When they return to America, they face a red tape bureaucratic nightmare. Congressman KENNEDY and I have sponsored the Sam Farr Peace Corps Enhancement Act.
This act will improve and strengthen the health, safety, and well-being of current and returning Peace Corps volunteers. It requires that Peace Corps volunteers have access to a qualified Peace Corps medical officer overseas.
It extends their Peace Corps medical coverage when they return home to America. America must protect our Peace Corps ambassadors abroad.
They are some of America’s best.
And that is just the way it is.