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The Peace Corps Turns 60 Under The Pandemic

Chris Strohofer with his host family in Albania
Courtesy Chris Strohofer
Peace Corps Volunteer Chris Strohofer with his host family in Albania.

On Sept. 22, 1961, President John F. Kennedy signed into law legislation creating the Peace Corps. In the past 60 years of the agency, more than 240,000 Americans have served in 141 countries. But in March of 2020, the Peace Corps had to evacuate volunteers due to the pandemic.

Chris Strohofer was one of those volunteers. He served 14 months in Albania when he got the word that he needed to come back to the United States. He joins Cincinnati Edition along with Peace CorpsActing Director Carol Spahn.

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