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- May 2003, the Peace Corps commits an additional 1,000 Volunteers to fight HIV/AIDS as part of legislation signed into law by President George W. Bush. The new law, H.R. 1298, the U.S. Leadership Against HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria Act of 2003, will direct $15 billion over the next five years to fight HIV/AIDS abroad, focusing on African and Caribbean countries where HIV/AIDS is heavily concentrated.
- July 16 2003, the Peace Corps and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention sign a memorandum of understanding to work together on global health challenges.
- September 25 2003, the agency launches its newest national recruiting campaign to reacquaint Americans with the Peace Corps and the work of the Volunteers. Centered on the theme, “Life is calling. How far will you go?” the campaign underscores President Bush’s call to service and his goal to expand the Peace Corps. The campaign emphasizes the Peace Corps’ long and illustrious history while establishing a new approach that conveys a modern image and works to ensure that Volunteers represent the diverse face of America.
- November 12 2003, Peace Corps Director Gaddi H. Vasquez, the first Hispanic director, signs a historic agreement with Mexico that will lead to Peace Corps Volunteers serving in that nation for the first time.