VA Palo Alto Health Care System
Public Service Recognition Week
Public Service Recognition Week (PSRW) is celebrated the first week of May since 1985 to honor the men and women who serve our nation as federal, state, county and local government employees.
Below is a special message from VAPAHCS Director Thomas J. Fitzgerald III to staff.
To all VAPAHCS Staff:
On January 20, 1961, President John F. Kennedy made his inaugural address, urging Americans to participate in public service and to “ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.”
More than two decades later, in 1985, the Public Employees Roundtable created Public Service Recognition Week (PSRW) in May as an opportunity for people across the nation to honor those who work in government.
This year, during May 3-9, we have the honor to recognize Public Service Recognition Week and express our humble appreciation to you, our public servants and the remarkable contributions and achievements you do, day in and day out, on behalf of our nation and the VA enterprise.
As employees of the VA, we have the privilege to fulfill the most inspiring purpose in the federal government – caring for those who have served, their families, and their survivors.
I want to especially thank you for your commitment and cooperation during the COVID-19 response. One of the great honors of my position has been to see the rapid, resourceful, and selfless ways you have all risen to the occasion – I see it, your entire leadership team sees it, and our Veterans see it too.
As we continue to provide the best care to our Veterans, I want you to know that I am very proud to serve with you.
Thomas J. Fitzgerald III
U.S. Army Veteran