Fort McCoy News May 8, 2015

Week honors public service of government workers

Public Service Recognition Week, an annual event honoring civil-service workers, is May 3-9.

The first week in May is designated by Congress as Public Service Recognition Week. Since 1985, the event has been hosted annually by the Public Employees Roundtable and its member organizations to honor the men and women who serve the nation as employees of federal, state, county, and local governments.

Some of the ways government agencies and workers help the public include:

• The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) GI Bill gives veterans education assistance.

• The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers helps maintain the nation's ports, harbors, and navigation channels.

• Half of all U.S. medical doctors in practice today received training from government employees working for the VA.

• The Department of Defense developed GPS technology.

• The federal minimum-wage law makes sure every covered worker is paid a basic wage.

• The Family and Medical Leave Act provides workers the right to take time off to care for sick children or parents without losing their jobs.

• Federal law prohibits employment discrimination on the basis of age, race, gender, color, national origin, religion, childbirth, or disability.

• Labor laws guarantee workers cannot be replaced prematurely if they strike over unfair labor practices.

• The Department of the Interior's National Park Service protects parks and maintains several thousand miles of trails for park visitors.

• Child-resistant packaging rules reduce poisonings from medicine and household cleaners.

• Meat, dairy, and food inspections protect against contamination and disease.

• Military doctors eliminated diseases such as typhoid and yellow fever.

• The Library of Congress is the largest library in the world with millions of books, recordings, photographs, maps, and manuscripts in its collections, which are made available to the public.

• Universities receive 60 percent of all research funding from federal agencies.

For more information about Public Service Recognition Week, visit

   (Prepared by the Public Employees Roundtable and the Fort McCoy Public Affairs Office.)