During this time each year since 1985, we dedicate this week to honor and appreciate the service that our public servants make each day at all levels of government.
I represent Federal employees and retirees in Kansas. These employees provide many vital services that benefit Kansans and all Americans every day. We see them when hurricanes, tornadoes, and floods destroy our communities. We rely on them to perform safety inspections that keep our planes safe and our food and water supplies safe. But, for every image that we see on TV, there are many more working behind the scenes to keep this country running.
In Kansas, Federal employees carry out programs that help conserve our soil and water resources, provide stability to our agricultural economy, support our armed forces, process our Social Security Checks and tax refunds, deliver our mail, and more. There are about 50,000 Federal and Postal employees and retired annuitants living working and in Kansas.
Throughout the year, but especially during Public Service Recognition Week, May 7-13, we should gratefully acknowledge their service. Let us recognize and appreciate civil servants at all levels of Government.
John Ourada, Salina, Retired NRCS-USDA Engineer and
President, Kansas Federation of National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association