As we approach Independence Day, DHS will be highlighting the dedicated service to our nation of employees from across the Department. Check this page throughout the week for first-hand accounts from employees who have shared why they serve.
I was 13 years old when Hurricane Georges came through Puerto Rico. I remember staring hopeless at the devastation: bridges were completely gone, and rivers were indistinguishable from the rest of the flooded valleys. In all the chaos, FEMA showed up and a glimpse of hope filled the air. That day, while removing debris from the streets with my neighbors, I realized my calling: to assist disaster survivors. That is why I serve. – Veronica Cruz Chacon, Human Services Specialist, Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA)