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Americans for a National Service Act congratulate the entire Service Nation Coalition on the passage of the Kennedy Serve America Act of 2009. 

Americans for a National Service Act are committed to the principle that proactive Citizenship is necessary for democracy to succeed.  America is a country of unsurpassed wealth, technology, and privilege.  But despite all of our power, we as a nation are becoming increasingly less effective in dealing with our biggest problems.  This is true whether we are talking about preserving the environment, educating our young people, the Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, integrating newcomers, border and port security, or responding to natural disasters.  From neighborhood to nation, the missing ingredient in effectively dealing with all of these issues is YOU.

It is the same simple solution that has always made America great.  We will do it together.  National Service offers us that opportunity.

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Americans for a National Service Act stand in good company.

Thomas Jefferson, the man who best articulated the concepts of a free society as evidenced by the Declaration of Independence and the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom, was the original advocate for National Service in this country.  He pushed for all Americans to have civic obligations similar to the Ancient Greeks and Romans.  He correctly understood that living as a free man or woman implied balancing those freedoms with responsibilities.

During World War II, FDR mobilized virtually every aspect of American society to support the war effort.

Following World War II, General George C. Marshall (our 3rd Secretary of Defense and 50th Secretary of State) promoted national service through the idea of universal military training.

Robert Sargent Shriver (our 21st Ambassador to France under JFK) founded the Peace Corps, Head Start, VISTA, Upward Bound, and the Job Corps.

Alan Khazei and Michael Brown founded City Year in 1988.

Shirley Sagawa helped found the Corporation for National Service in 1990 and served as its 1st Director.  In this role she led the creation of AmeriCorps.

This is our tradition.  With it comes the testimony that National Service is not a utopian vision.  It’s an idea with a proven record of success.

It’s time to restore optimism to the American enterprise.  National Service is the key to America’s continued rise in the 21st Century.  It all starts here with YOU.  Thanks for visiting us.  Let us know what you are thinking and we look forward to your participation.

Jason Blindauer ANSA                                                                                                                                      

 

 

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