Commission Submits Recommendations to Encourage Americans to Serve

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“We found that as the case was 200 years ago during the earliest days of the republic, America’s extraordinary and long-standing spirit of service continues to shape our nation,” said Joe Heck, the commission chairman. “Americans repeatedly step up in support of each other, offering their sweat and ingenuity when needed, without expectation of anything in return.”

Cultivating that spirit of service is behind the recommendations, the commission chairman said, because much work lies ahead. “We have not unlocked the full transformational potential of service to address critical national and local needs and reinforce the civic fabric of American society,” Heck said. “Our vision is of a nation in which service is a common expectation and experience of all Americans — when it is the norm, not the exception, [and] when every American is inspired, and eager to serve.”

The commission looks toward 5 million Americans serving in one capacity or another in the military, in organizations such as the Peace Corps, or in federally supported national service opportunities each year, Heck said, as well as a modernized government personnel system “attracting and enabling Americans with critical skills and new generations to enter public service.”

The commission’s long-term goal is a culture of service in the United States that attracts people of all backgrounds who aspire to participate in opportunities to serve their communities or nation, Heck said. Read More