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Thompson joins Peace Corps at 56
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Local resident Helga Thompson is making a career move most people her age wouldn’t dream of.She has joined the Peace Corps at age 56, and departed last week for a trip to offer aid in Tanzania.Thompson recently told the Review the story of how the death of her husband prompted her to look for a reason to carry on, one she has apparently found in the Peace Corps.“I was born in 1956 in Virginia (so I am not a Yankee), but grew up in Chicago,” Thompson said. “I am the first one in my family to be born in the United States. My parents came over as teenagers after WWII, because they were displaced persons (no home to return to since it was then under Communist occupation).