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Creating an Expectation of Service Hearing: An Infrastructure to Serve America


The Commission will host fourteen public hearings on the policy options it is considering for its final report. Through each hearing, Commissioners will gain insights from panelists as they develop recommendations for their final report to Congress, the President, and the American people in March 2020.

On June 20, 2019, the Commission will host Creating an Expectation of Service Hearing: An Infrastructure to Serve America. This hearing will explore how the government can develop or encourage an expectation of service in America, through a federally-run system designed to connect them with military, national, and public service organizations and opportunities.

To attend in-person, please RSVP here. The hearing will also be livestreamed.

Date: Thursday, June 20, 2019

Time: 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Location: Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum, Henry A. Wallace Visitor and Education Center, Multipurpose Conference Room, 4079 Albany Post Rd, Hyde Park, NY 12538


  • Opening remarks
  • Testimony from Panelists
  • Panelist Questioning by Commissioners
  • Public Comments
  • Closing Remarks

Staff Memo

The Commission and Commission staff request feedback from the public on the ideas presented in the staff memorandum STAFF MEMORANDUM: AN INFRASTRUCTURE TO SERVE AMERICA. You can read it here and share your feedback here.


  • Brigadier General Derin Durham, Deputy Commander, Air Force Recruiting Service | Testimony  
  • Dr. Ben Ho, Associate Professor of Economics, Vassar College | Testimony
  • Dr. Dorothy Stoneman, Founder and former CEO of YouthBuild USA, Inc., Senior Advisor for Opportunity Youth United | Testimony   
  • Mr. Drew Train, Co-Founder and President, OBERLAND | Testimony
  • Mr. Dakota Wood, Senior Research Fellow for Defense Programs at the Center for National Defense, Davis Institute for National Security and Foreign Policy, The Heritage Foundation | Testimony  

Statements submitted to the Commission regarding this hearing:

Public Comments

The public is invited to provide comment at each hearing following the conclusion of testimony. In order to accommodate as many public comments as possible, individuals will have two minutes to relate their comment to the Commission. If you are interested in providing a public comment during the hearing, please arrive no later than 1:00 p.m. to receive a ticket. The Commission will select tickets at random. If your ticket is drawn, you may provide your comment to the Commissioners during the public comment period. If you’re unable to attend the public hearing or have to leave early, you can submit your comment here, email it to, or mail it to 2530 Crystal Drive, Suite 1000, Box #63, Arlington, Virginia 22202.