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National Commission Hosts Public Forum on Service During Public Service Recognition Week in Boston

Posted: May 4, 2018




Boston, M.A. – During National Public Service Recognition Week, the National Commission on Military, National, and Public Service is visiting Boston, M.A. from May 9 to May 11. New England is the third stop in a two-year effort to find ways to encourage and inspire more Americans to serve their country and strengthen American democracy.


The Commission, which includes Boston-based Commissioners Mark Gearan, Alan Khazei, and Steve Barney, invites members of the public to join them for an important discussion on national and public service taking place from 5:45pm to 7:45pm on Wednesday, May 9, 2018 at Suffolk University. The public forum will include a panel of experts who will discuss the current state of service. At the end of the forum, participants will have an opportunity to share their thoughts and ideas on encouraging and inspiring more Americans to serve.


The bipartisan, 11-member Commission was created by Congress to develop recommendations to increase participation in national, public, and military service and review the military selective service process. The Commission hopes to ignite a national conversation about the importance of service as it develops recommendations for Congress, the President, and the American people by March 2020. 


WHO:    Dr. Marc Holzer, Distinguished Professor, Public Administration at Suffolk University and Former Founding Dean of the School of Public Affairs and Administration at Rutgers University 

               Dr. Robert Behn, Senior Lecturer in Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School, Harvard University

               Dr. Rachael Cobb, Associate Professor and Chair at Department of Government, Suffolk University

               Mr. Mark Gearan, Vice Chair for National & Public Service and Commissioner            

               Ms. Avril Haines, Commissioner


WHAT:    Public Forum of the National Commission on Military, National, and Public Service


WHEN:    Wednesday, May 9, 2018 | 5:45 p.m. - 7:45 p.m.  Doors open at 5:30 p.m.


WHERE:  Suffolk University, Sargent Hall, 120 Tremont Street in Boston, MA

RSVP:      The event is OPEN Press. Please RSVP with name, position (reporter, camera, photographer, etc.), media outlet, email, and phone for each person planning to attend to


During its visit to Boston, the Commission will hear from service program leaders, individuals currently serving in programs, staff from the Military Entrance Processing Station (MEPS), and government, nonprofit, business, and civic leaders. The visit will highlight Boston’s unique hub for service.


The Commission invites the public to share their thoughts and ideas on its website or via its request for comments published in the Federal Register. Please join the digital conversation on service by following the Commission on Facebook at, on Twitter @Inspire2ServeUS, or following the hashtag #Inspire2Serve.