By Brian Simpson
Social Security Public Affairs Specialist in North Carolina
Public Service Recognition Week takes place from May 1 to May 7, 2011. We at Social Security appreciate the hard work and dedication of not only our own employees but all people who serve the American public.
Celebrated the first week of May since 1985, Public Service Recognition Week is a nationwide public education campaign honoring the men and women who serve our nation as Federal, State, county and local government employees — such as school teachers, police officers, and fire fighters — and who ensure that our government is the best in the world.
Recognition of public service goes back further than 1985. In 1961, President John F. Kennedy said, “Let the public service be a proud and lively career. And let every man and woman who works in any area of our national government, in any branch, at any level, be able to say with pride and with honor in future years: ‘I served the United States Government in that hour of our nation’s need.’”
Social Security employees consider it a privilege to serve the American public. You only need to visit an office, call our toll-free number, or visit www.socialsecurity.gov to see that when it comes to serving the public, we want to be the best.
A convenient service option for many Americans is our web site. For example, if you need to obtain general information about Social Security, apply for benefits, or get an estimate of your future benefits, visit us online at www.socialsecurity.gov or go directly to our online services page at www.socialsecurity.gov/onlineservices.
You also can call Social Security toll-free at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778) or visit your local Social Security office. If you’re not sure where the nearest office is located, just visit www.socialsecurity.gov/onlineservices and select the “Social Security Office Locator” at the left side of the page.
Learn more about Social Security at www.socialsecurity.gov.