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How I Serve: The Importance of Public Service

Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden meets with USDA employees in Minnesota.

Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden meets with USDA employees in Minnesota.

Yesterday, I visited with USDA employees in Minnesota to tell them how much their work means to the Secretary, myself and the American people. USDA employees across the country and around the world do critical work that impacts millions of lives and I could not be prouder.

Folks often ask me why I work in the federal government and my answer always is: it’s how I serve. Public service is at the core of our nation’s principles. Our founding fathers performed a public service when they laid the foundation for the United States of America—as they sat down to write the Declaration of Independence and as they worked each day afterward to create and maintain a nation.

Public service looks a bit different today. At USDA alone, we help people buy homes, connect rural schools and hospitals to the internet, feed underserved children during the school year and summertime, provide loans to farmers and ranchers, fight wildfires and keep our food system safe and secure. Our employees are the best and brightest in the business. Public service is an honorable profession and should not be taken for granted.

These are just some examples of our great work. For all this and more, I want to express my deepest thanks to the incredibly talented and dedicated workforce at USDA.

3 Responses to “How I Serve: The Importance of Public Service”

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  2. Nora says:

    Please end the Wildlife Services’ war on wildlife by ending the lethal control program.

  3. Linda says:

    My husband has been a U.S. Forest Service employee for over 35 years. His children and I are so very proud of the his work and the great pride he takes in doing his job. 33 years ago when we were dating, he showed that same type of enthusiasum and would drive up to the forest on our dates to show me where he was working. He is only 56 years old and still spends almost every day working out in the forest in his job – never complainig about the severe heat, snow, rain, ice, bears, mountain lions, swasp attacks, rattlesnakes…. Recently he was given his 35 yr. pin. It was delivered in a disrespectful manner. If this recognition cannot be restowed by a supervising authority in the manner in which it is deserved, someone who can show this respect should be doing the delivery. My husband came home as though he’d been punched in the stomach. He is visably hurt. He placed the pin in our safe and won’t even show it to us. I am disheartened by the way he was treated — and the lack of respect in which he was treated. He has served this country and our forests well for over 35 years and deserves better treatment. He’s not one to voice this opinion to anyone, including me – but I know him. He deserves recognition for the things he has done in his job.

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