The National Peace Corps is singing 'Auld Lang Syne' as it starts the new year on a search for former volunteers whose records of service are missing.
Because key government records were lost during the Nixon era, no one has a complete list of the 200,000 Americans who volunteered for the Peace Corps since its founding in 1961. The Peace Corps, a private nonprofit organization, has independently found roughly 100,000 returned volunteers over the years. The Peace Corps' goal is to identify an additional 10,000 former volunteers in 2012 and complete the database in full by 2016.
The Peace Corps has set up a page on its Website at (www.peacecorpsconnect.org) where former volunteers can submit their information.