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Meeting planned concerning rural community service needs

Posted: June 21, 2018

This article was originally published on Cedar Valley Times and Vinton Eagle

VINTON – The National Commission on Military, National, and Public Service will host a public meeting from 6:30-8 p.m. on Tuesday, June 26 at Wesley Methodist Church to discuss meeting rural needs through community service.

The event will include a focused panel exploring current rural needs and enhancing service programs to prime individuals for a career in service.

This is the fifth stop in the commission’s two-year effort to increase participation in national, public, and military service by all Americans and to review the military selective service process.

The bipartisan, 11-member commission was created by Congress last year to develop recommendations to encourage and inspire more Americans—specifically young people—to serve their country and strengthen democracy, and consider the need for a military draft. The Commission on Military, National, and Public Service is igniting a national conversation about the importance of service as it develops recommendations for the American public, Congress, and the president by March 2020. The commission is working to increase participation in national, public, and military service by all Americans and review the military selective service process. The commission will gather recommendations by holding public meetings, visiting service sites, talking with young people, and meeting with government, nonprofit, civic and for-profit leaders.

During their two-day visit to Iowa on June 26-27, commissioners will meet with community leaders, young professionals, and students from local youth clubs. They will also visit the National Civilian Community Corps campus and the National Guard Readiness Center to meet with people who are inspired to serve.

The commission invites the public to share comments on its website www.inspire2serve.gov or via its request for comments published in the Federal Register. Please join the digital conversation on service by following the commission on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram or by following the hashtag #Inspire2Serve.