As with all Federal agencies, the Peace Corps is funded through congress, so organizations like the NPCA must continuously advocate for a robust budget to support the Peace Corps and its mission. But in addition to funding for the Peace Corps, the NPCA (and the MNRPCV) advocates for specific issues that impact vollunteers and RPCVs. Current issues that the NPCA is advocating for in congress include an effort to raise the grade on the GS pay scale that RPCVs receive workers compensation when injured in service. Currently people that are receiving workmans compensation for injuries while in the PC are compensated as if they were working as a GS 7. The NPCA is pushing for raising this benchmark to the GS 11 level.
There are also efforts to improve the health care services that are available to volunteers once they return home. For example, under current rules the Peace Corps is only able to provide health care directly to volunteers for several weeks after COS. NPCA is advocating to lengthen this time.
Erik Streed, MNRPCV Board, Advocacy Chair