To the editor:

I am writing to express my thanks to those who have served in various capacities in public service.

South Dakota has 21,953 total active and retired federal and postal employees. Of that number 11,427 are retired, 8,515 are currently in the workforce, along with 2,011 U. S. Postal Service employees. Areas of work include at the Department of Veterans Affairs, U.S. Postal Service, and the Department of Health and Human Services. Other agencies with large number of federal employees include those focused on agriculture, defense, and Department of the Interior.

During the past year, federal employees have dedicated themselves to keeping our country running while weathering a global pandemic. They continue to provide essential financial services, processing stimulus payments, tax refunds, small business loans, Social Security checks, mortgages and student loans to keep the economy churning and households operating.

Many were on the front lines, risking their own health to serve the American people. The pandemic took a heavy toll on these public servants: Countless workers were sickened by while at work, and thousands died as a result.

Throughout the year, but especially during Public Service Recognition Week, May 2-8, Americans should express our thanks for these hard-working public servants, who make the everyday-and extraordinary-possible. I offer them my sincere appreciation.

Respectfully,

Karen Jensen

Public Relations Officer

South Dakota Federation of National Active and Retired Federal Employees (NARFE)

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