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house Bill H.R. 267

If You Volunteered In The Peace Corps, Should You Be Able To Use Their Logo On Your Grave Stone?

Argument in favor

Peace Corps volunteers worked hard to improve communities around the world, and for little to no pay. They should have the right to use the Peace Corps name to represent the pride in their work.

bart's Opinion
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08/04/2015
First of all your dead. And since you're dead already, who are they going to fine or put in prison? Current law is absurd.
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Warren's Opinion
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03/13/2015
Let's give people some dignity and choice over how they are remembered!
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SFSUMUN's Opinion
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03/02/2015
Peace Corps volunteers worked hard to improve the global community; they should be able to display their pride in the work they've done as part of the organization.
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Argument opposed

This bill also allows applicants who did not serve as volunteers to use the Peace Corps’ logo. Why should they get the same right to use it as people who actually did the volunteer work?

Bill's Opinion
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04/10/2015
Who cares! Not worth my time our that of my representatives. Get with it folks!
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T's Opinion
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10/07/2015
I'll put whatever I want on my tombstone. The USG has nothing to say.
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07/24/2016
Another deceiving bill title. If it were changed to only those who served then yes.
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bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
  • The house has not voted
      house Committees
      Committee on Foreign Affairs
    IntroducedJanuary 9th, 2015

What is House Bill H.R. 267?

This bill would allow former Peace Corps volunteers or applicants to use the organization’s seal, emblem, or name on death announcements, plaques, grave stones, and or other grave markers.


Unauthorized use of the Peace Corps logo under current law can cost you up to $500 in fines, and even jail time.

Impact

Former, current, and future Peace Corps volunteers.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 267

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

Of Note:

Established in 1961 by President John F. Kennedy, the Peace Corps is a U.S. international service organization that aims to help "people outside the United States to understand American culture, and helping Americans to understand the cultures of other countries." Since its inception, the organization has become a household name, impacting the lives of millions of people around the world.


Peace Corps volunteers generally work for 2 years in a developing country on a variety volunteer projects. The scope of these projects includes education, health, community economic development, environment, youth development, and agriculture.


In a related press release, Sponsoring Rep. Albio Sires (D-NJ) noted
"Nearly 5,000 New Jerseyans have served in the Peace Corps. Their dedication to global service brings honor to my state, and I view this legislation as an earned right.”

Media:

Sponsoring Rep. Albio Sires Press Release (Previous Bill Version)

National Peace Corps Association

(Photo Credit: Flickr user Thomas Hawk

AKA

Respect for Peace Corps Volunteers Act

Official Title

To amend the Peace Corps Act to allow former volunteers to use the seal, emblem, or name of Peace Corps on death announcements and grave stones.