U2 Singer Bono Mentions Peace Corps as Major U.S. Factor in Fight Against HIV/AIDS

September 2, 2004

WASHINGTON, D.C., September 2, 2004 – Yesterday on Fox News' The O'Reilly Factor, host Bill O'Reilly asked U2 singer Bono – who has taken up the fight against HIV/AIDS in Africa – what the U.S.'s role should be globally. Among his comments were a mention of the work of Peace Corps volunteers:

"We found the one thing that both parties can agree on, which is that it's important right now for America that the world sees the greatness of America through their AIDS medicines, through their Peace Corps, through the real America I see, the America I was a fan of."

(see Foxnews.com for full transcript)

Since 1961, more than 171,000 volunteers have served in the Peace Corps, working in such diverse fields as education, health, HIV/AIDS education and prevention, information technology, business development, the environment, and agriculture. Peace Corps volunteers must be U.S. citizens and at least 18 years of age. Peace Corps service is a two-year commitment.

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