Treat Peace Corps Like Military for Mail Purposes
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We have young men and women in the Peace Corps (and similar agencies) around the world, representing the United States, doing great, peaceful, work in our country's name. Yet mailing supplies to them costs hundreds of dollars because, unlike mail to our military men and women, it is deemed overseas mail. This should change.
For example: we collect and ship used paperbacks (through a great organization Operation Paperback) to our brave service men and women across the globe. The books are shipped media mail and, since our soldiers and sailors are deemed to be on American soil wherever they are, the cost for a box of books runs about $4.00.
Recently a young woman from our town was with the Peace Corps, teaching English in Morocco. She mentioned that she only had 3 tattered children's books to use, so we collected hundreds of children's books and prepared to ship them to her. The cost of the same size box of books we sent for $4.00: $180!
Let's make it easier for Americans to support and supply our Peace Corps volunteers. Let's amend the USPS regulations to allow shipments to go on the same basis as we do to our military volunteers. Think of the benefits to the US if, in addition to the expertise our volunteers bring, they could also distribute books and sports equipment and treats and other supplies.
In addition, let's let Peace Corps volunteers pick up packages at our local military bases or embassies. Too many packages that are shipped to certain countries disappear before they get to our people; let's give them a safer means of distribution.
The additional cost would be small; the potential benefits could be great!
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