Paul Ferris wears his title as president of AFGE Local 2516 like a badge of honor. After all, the employees he represents work at an Army hospital caring for our men and women in uniform.
The civilian employees at William Beaumont Army Medical Center in El Paso, Texas, treat active duty service members stationed at Ft. Bliss who are between tours or preparing for their next assignment overseas.
Paul takes pride in his work, knowing that the military depends on the medical care providers and support staff AFGE represents to ensure soldiers are ready for battle.
“When we don’t have the full services that are required to take care of these patients, our freedoms are in jeopardy,” Paul says. “Because when you have a team that needs to go to war, you don’t send part of the team, you send the whole team. And if we’re not able to take care of our team, they can’t go [into battle] complete. And when you’re downrange, that makes a difference.”
Paul shares his story in the latest documentary produced by AFGE as part of our “I Am AFGE” campaign, which is designed to increase the public’s awareness and appreciation of the women and men who work for them every day.
AFGE represents more than 240,000 bargaining unit employees throughout the Department of Defense, including a full spectrum of employees at DoD medical facilities. The doctors, nurses, lab technicians, respiratory therapists, and food supply workers throughout the Military Health System care not only for active duty military but their family members and retired service members as well.
Paul’s story is part of AFGE’s year-long campaign to increase the public’s awareness and appreciation of the hard work and valuable services federal employees deliver.
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