Tammy Duckworth Previews Bill to Expand National Service Opportunities
On the 17th anniversary of 9/11, Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) announced her plans to reintroduce the 21st Century American Service Act in the coming weeks. The legislation would increase service positions available through civilian national service organizations and ensure all young Americans are informed of the opportunities available to them. Duckworth -- who served in the Reserve Forces for 23 years before going to serve fellow veterans as Director of the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs, and then as Assistant Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs -- first introduced the bill when she was still in the House with Congressmen John Lewis (D-GA) and Seth Moulton (D-MA) in 2016. “Expanding national service opportunities is vital to the strength of our nation,” said Duckworth. “Just as picking up a rifle to defend our country is 'American Service,' so is delivering water filters to communities affected by lead-contaminated water, picking up a stick of chalk to reach low-income children or a hammer to rebuild homes for those devastated by natural disasters. I will continue to do everything in my power to protect and strengthen AmeriCorps and other national community service programs, and to ensure more Americans have an opportunity to give back to their communities.” More here.