This week, Congressman Albio Sires introduced H.R. 1573, the Respect for Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCV) Act of 2013, with the support of his colleagues and former Peace Corps Volunteers, Congressmen Mike Honda (D-CA), John Garamendi (D-CA), Tom Petri (R-WI), and Joe Kennedy (D-MA).
This bipartisan legislation provides a simple fix to the Peace Corps Act, affording former volunteers the dignity of using the name and logo of the Peace Corps in an obituary or on their gravestone. Under current law, unauthorized use of the Peace Corps logo, even for memorial purposes, carries the risk of a $500 fine or jail time.
"Since its founding by President Kennedy in 1961, nearly 5,000 New Jerseyans have served in the Peace Corps," said Congressman Sires. "Their dedication to global service brings honor to my state, and I view this legislation as an earned right."
Many volunteers credit their experience in the Peace Corps with shaping the rest of their lives and careers. The Respect for Peace Corps Act will allow those individuals to freely memorialize their personal dedication to the spirit of the program.