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Chairman Heck Statement on Coronavirus and Release of Commission Final Report

Posted: March 17, 2020

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Joe Heck, Chairman of the National Commission on Military, National, and Public Service, issued the following statement on the upcoming release of the Commission’s final report and the coronavirus crisis.

“The National Commission on Military, National, and Public Service recognizes the serious health risk posed by the Coronavirus pandemic and is closely monitoring guidance from the Centers for Disease Control. Our top priority is the health, safety, and well-being of the public, our Commissioners and staff.

The Commission is taking measures to safeguard public health while ensuring we fulfill our statutory mandate to Congress, the President, and the American people. The Commission will release its final report and recommendations on Wednesday, March 25 as planned. Our report, Inspired to Serve, is the culmination of two and a half years of research, public hearings, and conversations with Americans across the country.  It provides a comprehensive set of recommendations aimed at strengthening all forms of service to meet domestic and national security needs - including policies that would enhance our ability to respond to national emergencies such as a pandemic disease outbreak.

Our public event planned for Thursday, March 26 at the U.S. Department of Interior, is postponed until June 25th: further details are forthcoming. We will share our final report with the public and interested organizations through our website, conference calls, webinars, and other methods.

America has always been at its best when we pull together in common cause. In the Commission’s travels around the country, we saw firsthand how service is central to who we are as Americans, and how we work together to meet our challenges.  Containing the spread and minimizing the harm of the coronavirus will require urgent action, enormous focus, and meaningful collaboration. As a Commission dedicated to strengthening all forms of service, we are deeply grateful to the nation’s public servants and medical professionals who are working tirelessly on the frontlines to stem the spread of this virus.

Meeting this challenge will require every American to do their part. All of us are part of the solution. Be responsible. Follow public health guidelines. Stay healthy and take care of each other.  Americans are resilient, and we’re going to make it through this - together.”