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Letter to Secretary Schwellenbach on Employment of the Physically Handicapped.

August 27, 1947

My dear Mr. Secretary:

I have today issued the attached proclamation calling upon the people of the United States to observe the week of October 5--11, 1947, as National Employ the Physically Handicapped Week. In that proclamation I asked the heads of all government agencies to make every effort to enlist public support for a sustained program aimed at the employment and full use of the capacities of physically handicapped workers.

Because of your responsibilities in the Federal Government's contribution to the efficient employment of the Nation's working force, I am relying upon you to take a vigorous part in the observance of National Employ the Physically Handicapped Week. You may wish to consult with the Federal Security Administrator and the Administrator of Veterans Affairs who are also especially concerned with the effectiveness of this campaign.

Sincerely yours,

HARRY S. TRUMAN

[The Honorable The Secretary of Labor, Washington, D.C.]

Note: The letter was part of a White House release announcing that the President had that day proclaimed the first week in October as a week of observance for the employment of the physically handicapped. The release stated that identical letters had also been sent to Oscar R. Ewing, Administrator, Federal Security Agency, and Gen. Omar N. Bradley, Administrator of Veterans Affairs.

Proclamation 2745 "National Employ the Physically Handicapped Week, 1947" is printed in title 3 of the Code of Federal Regulations (3 CFR, 1943-1948 Comp., p. 128).

Harry S. Truman, Letter to Secretary Schwellenbach on Employment of the Physically Handicapped. Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project https://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/node/232252

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