Tuesday, May 01, 2007

The Toughest Job You'll Ever Love

A man confessed to murdering a Peace Corps volunteer in the Philippines. Here is the link the to the story:

Yahoo News

As a former PC volunteer, this story hits close to home. PC is not an easy gig. I was once told by a US Marine while I was serving in Honduras that he would "Never serve in Peace Corps, it makes serving in the Marines look easy."

Serving in PC is about risk versus reward. In order to succeed, you have to be willing to put yourself in harms way. Volunteers are sent to remote places alone and are expected to fend for themselves. Unfortunately, tragedy happens when you do this. Considering how many good men and women are serving in PC, it's surprising that there isn't a higher rate of crime against the volunteers.

When something like this sad event takes place, it's big news, thankfully. Julia Campbell was doing what not nearly enough people are willing to do. She was giving of herself in order to make this world a better place. Peace Corps is an outstanding organization that I am proud to have been a part of.

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