This article originally appeared on CBS/Fox 28 by Lukas Vos.
The National Commission on Military, National and Public Service visited Vinton to get the community's input on how more Americans can be involved in volunteerism. The commission visited with the National Civilian Corps and toured their campus and also met with Homebase Iowa officials and area 4-H members. "It was really critical for us to come here to Iowa because we don't just want to focus on big cities we want to look at rural areas because the challenges are different," Alan Khazei, a member of the commission said.
The commission was established after a bi-partisan effort in September of last year to better reach Americans interested in serving and to determine how the involvement and participation in service can be improved." A big part of our mission is to listen to the American people, learn from those who served, learn from those who haven't what are the barriers," Khazei said.
11 commissioners now work on introducing a plan to the president by 2020. Their visit here in Vinton was important to many. Including Robert Levis who served 21 years in the army. He currently serves as the regional director for the National Civilian Corps, which has one of their four campuses nationwide in Vinton. To him the interaction with the commission was important to make sure they understand what volunteers truly need. "It gives us an opportunity to communicate with the elected leaders some of the needs that exist and some of the things national service does to address those needs," Levis said.
All because he believes national service is something benefiting not only those who serve but communities as a whole. "National service and public service those are ways we all work together to strengthen our communities and built the kind of communities that we all want to live in," Levis said.