National Service Can Unite Us Again

September 11, 2019
The Hill (D.C.)

In every generation, those who have undertaken national service, in the military or in a civilian capacity, have emerged more connected to their generation and more invested in their country. It compels young people out of their comfort zones and cultivates a sense of duty and civic responsibility, all while surrounding them with people from different corners of the country and the globe who look, pray, sound, and live differently from themselves.

From our perch in the White House, we saw this culture of service emerge strongly after 9/11, the last time there were more national service opportunities through programs like the Peace Corps, Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, and AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America).

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