VINTON & IOWA CITY, I.A. – The National Commission on Military, National, and Public Service wrapped up their fifth stop on their listening tour. During their two-day visit to Iowa, the Commission held a public meeting to discuss current rural needs and enhancing service programs to prime individuals for a career in service. The meeting featured a panel with community leaders from both Vinton and Iowa City.
“As a farmer, I was excited to get out to Iowa – especially Vinton,” said Jeanette. This was a critical trip for the Commission because we cannot solely focus on bigger cities – we need to hear from folks in smaller, rural areas. The challenges are different, the needs are different and the resources are different. I had a chance to hear from people who have an incredible commitment to serving, including farmers, seniors and young people who serve through AmeriCorps NCCC.
“In Iowa City, the Commission had the chance to talk with National Guard recruiters and recruits. My hope is that their strong commitment to their communities and their country will inspire their peers to serve. It just goes to show, that if America has a stronger service ethic, we will have a stronger democracy.”
The Iowa visit was 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. In addition to the public meeting, the Commission met with community leaders, young professionals, and students from local youth clubs. They also visited the National Civilian Community Corps campus and the National Guard Readiness Center to hear from individuals who are inspired to serve.
The Commission now heads to Chicago for their sixth stop. During their two-day visit on June 28-29, the Commission will highlight Illinois’ long history of service to community and country through a series of meetings with business and philanthropic leaders, service leaders, leaders on civics learning, and opportunity youth as well as visit the Selective Service System Region 1 and the Data Management Center.
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, 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.
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.