On #ThisDayinHistory 1961, President John F. Kennedy signs legislation establishing the Peace Corps as a permanent government agency in the ‘ New War Against Communism ‘ #AceHistoryNews – @AceHistoryNews

#AceHistoryNews – Sept.22: Kennedy believed that the Peace Corps could provide a new and unique weapon in the war against communism and had issued an executive order establishing the Peace Corps in March of that year #AceNewsDesk reports

https://t.me/HistoricalPics/7077 Image Credit: Kits containing instructional health guides and basic first aid supplies and medicine were issued to Peace Corps volunteers in preparation for their service overseas. Transfer from the Peace Corps……… As described by Kennedy, this new organization would be an “army” of civilian volunteers–teachers, engineers, agricultural scientists, etc.–who would be sent to developing nations to assist the people of those regions……..Kennedy hoped that by improving the lives of people developing countries, they would become more resistant to the charms of communism and convinced of America’s sincerity and ability to help them……In the years after 1961, thousands of Peace Corps volunteers were sent around the world…….Some faced indifference, some even faced danger……For the most part, however, the Peace Corps “army” proved to be a valuable, and relatively inexpensive, Cold War weapon for the United States………Though the Peace Corps is no longer viewed as a weapon against communism, it has outlived the Cold War and continues to send participants to various nations. #PeaceCorps #JFK #OTD #volunteers #coldwar #AceHistoryDesk reports are provided by Sterling Publishing & Media News

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