WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, the National Commission on Military, National, and Public Service released their public comments – the views and opinions submitted by members of the American public on all aspects of the Commission’s mandate.
“Throughout 2018, we traveled around the country, talking with government employees, military leaders, national service members, volunteers, and everyday Americans,” said Chairman Joe Heck. “But we could not travel everywhere, and we want to make sure we are hearing all voices. We want to hear from all Americans. The Commission will continue taking public comment until December 2019.”
The Commission hopes to ignite a national conversation about ideas of service as it develops recommendations for the Congress, the President, and the American public by March 2020. The Commission invites the public to continue to share comments on its website and join the digital conversation on service by following the Commission on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
“Take a look at what folks are saying and share your opinion with the Commission. If there is a piece of our mandate you are interested in and want to learn more about, check out our hearings that run through June 2019,” said Heck.
The 11-member bipartisan commission is tasked for the first time in American history, with comprehensively and holistically reviewing the Selective Service System, along with military, national, and public service. In a nation of more than 329 million people, the extraordinary potential for service is largely untapped.
The Commission will convene 14 public hearings through June on the policy alternatives it is considering for its final report. Each hearing will provide an opportunity for the Commission to receive expert testimony on key topics within the Commission’s mandate. Members of the public will also have an opportunity to provide comments at each hearing following the conclusion of expert testimony. More information can be found on the Commission’s website, www.inspire2serve.gov.