22 U.S. Code § 2505 - Peace Corps volunteer leaders; number; applicability of chapter; benefits

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The President may enroll in the Peace Corps qualified citizens or nationals of the United States whose services are required for supervisory or other special duties or responsibilities in connection with programs under this chapter (referred to in this chapter as “volunteer leaders”). The ratio of the total number of volunteer leaders to the total number of volunteers in service at any one time shall not exceed one to twenty-five. Except as otherwise provided in this chapter, all of the provisions of this chapter applicable to volunteers shall be applicable to volunteer leaders, and the term “volunteers” shall include “volunteer leaders”: Provided, however, That—
(1) volunteer leaders shall be entitled to receive a readjustment allowance at a rate not less than $125 for each month of satisfactory service as determined by the President;
(2) spouses and minor children of volunteer leaders may receive such living, travel, and leave allowances, and such housing, transportation, subsistence, and essential special items of clothing, as the President may determine, but the authority contained in this paragraph shall be exercised only under exceptional circumstances;
(3) spouses and minor children of volunteer leaders accompanying them may receive such health care as the President may determine and upon such terms as he may determine, including health care in any facility referred to in section 2504 (e) of this title, subject to such conditions as the President may prescribe and subject to reimbursement of appropriations as provided in section 2504 (e) of this title; and
(4) spouses and minor children of volunteer leaders accompanying them may receive such orientation, language, and other training necessary to accomplish the purposes of this chapter as the President may determine.


(Pub. L. 87–293, title I, § 6,Sept. 22, 1961, 75 Stat. 615; Pub. L. 88–200, § 3,Dec. 13, 1963, 77 Stat. 360; Pub. L. 89–134, § 3,Aug. 24, 1965, 79 Stat. 549; Pub. L. 91–352, § 4,July 24, 1970, 84 Stat. 465; Pub. L. 97–387, § 1(a),Dec. 23, 1982, 96 Stat. 1947.)
References in Text

This chapter, referred to in text, was in the original “this Act”, meaning Pub. L. 87–293, Sept. 22, 1961, 75 Stat. 612, as amended, known as the Peace Corps Act. For complete classification of this Act to the Code, see Short Title note set out under section 2501 of this title and Tables.

1982—Par. (1). Pub. L. 97–387substituted “not less than $125” for “not to exceed $125”.
1970—Pub. L. 91–352struck out provisions extending health care under cl. (3) to a married volunteer’s child if born during the volunteer’s service.
1965—Pub. L. 89–134extended the health care provisions of cl. (3) to a married volunteer’s child if born during the volunteer’s service.
1963—Pub. L. 88–200substituted “a readjustment allowance” for “termination payments” in cl. (1).
Effective Date of 1982 Amendment

Pub. L. 97–387, § 1(b),Dec. 23, 1982, 96 Stat. 1947, provided that: “This amendment [amending this section] shall be effective as of December 29, 1981.”
Delegation of Functions

Functions of President under this section delegated to Director of Peace Corps with functions relating to providing health care in government facilities under clause (3) to be exercised in consultation with head of agency responsible for facility by sections 1–103 and 1–106 of Ex. Ord. No. 12137, May 16, 1979, 44 F.R. 29023, eff. May 16, 1979, set out as a note under section 2501 of this title.
Appointment to Civilian Career Services

Appointment of former volunteer leaders to civilian career services, see Ex. Ord. No. 11103, Apr. 10, 1963, 28 F.R. 3571, set out as a note under section 2504 of this title.

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