The USSSA focuses on keeping both current and former employees connected to each other and to important opportunities.


Not only do we maintain a strong relationship with Secret Service headquarters, we also serve as a connection hub for current and former Secret Service personnel around the world.


Service to others is in our DNA. We are passionate about providing ongoing support to our members, whether they are current USSS employees, in the midst of their second career, or enjoying retirement.


Members and their families are eligible for educational scholarships through the USSSA Foundation. We also provide financial support to members, their families, survivors, and the greater law enforcement community in times of crisis.


We believe that once you join the Secret Service, you are part of a proud, life-long family. The U.S. Secret Service Association (USSSA) is a nonprofit organization focused on providing continuing assistance and connection for the dedicated men and women bound together by their collective support of the U.S. Secret Service mission.

I am a Veteran and when people say, Thanks for your Service, that is all they need to say.

I have been playing Taps on my trumpet for Veterans' funerals since June of 2003. I am semi-retired now. I have played Taps for 569 funerals (with #569 yesterday), not to mention the many Memorial Days, Veterans Days and 9/11 commemorations. At age 87, it is about time to give it up, but it is very hard to do.'

— USSSA Member Howell (Hal) Purvis

Hal Purvis playing taps  at the 100th anniversary of Camp Shelby, Mississippi. I played taps for all of the military members killed during World War II, Korean and Vietnam wars.

Our 50th Year

USSSA is an association rooted in our lifelong personal and professional commitment to our members who proudly represent the law enforcement community. We have heard from members, and as a Board actively seek opportunities to demonstrate our concern and support for local, state, and federal brothers and sisters in law enforcement. These opportunities come through advocacy, personal connection, and outreach, and financial support....

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Association & Foundation News

2023 Vision Insurance Renewal / Enrollment Information
USSSA is again offering VSP Vision Insurance in conjunction with the New Jersey State Police Benevolent Association (NJSPBA) Local 600 Retired Police/Law Enforcement Officers. The intention of this partnership is to offer great rates and coverage negotiated through our strength in combined membership numbers.USSSA has NO FINANCIAL INTEREST NOR GAIN through joining the plan but…
New Benefit for USSSA Members – Second Call Defense
Introducing a new benefit for all USSSA members with Second Call Defense and Fox Pro Defender. As a special offer for our members, enhanced comprehensive protection and offerings for firearm and professional liability.
Online Archive of Service Stars Completed
The USSSA online archive of Service Star newsletters is now complete! All 47 years of the U.S. Secret Service publication are posted chronologically so you can look back on the faces, events and news from a particular moment in time. The Service Star was published from 1968 until 2015, when it sadly fell victim to…

Recent News and Information From HQ

Dec. 15: 50 Years of Female Agents

This year the U.S. Secret Service is recognizing the 50th anniversary of  the appointment of the agency’s first female special agents.

Former Executive Protective Service (modern-day Uniformed Division) Officers Laurie Anderson, Sue Ann Baker, Kathryn Clark, Holly Hufschmidt and Phyllis Shantz were sworn in during a ceremony at the Treasury Department on December 15, 1971.

At the time, it was noted that the agents would be involved in protective and investigative responsibilities and “be expected to do everything the men do and will receive equal pay.” In addition to their prior police officer experience, the women were trained in hand-to-hand combat, marksmanship, first aid, human relations, communications  and search and seizure.

Their appointments were a significant achievement, and a far different outcome from a time when women seeking a career in federal law enforcement, including the Secret Service, were not hired. Until the first five were selected, female applicants were often thanked for their interest in joining the Service, but told “I beg to advise you that the work of  this Service does not call for the employment of female operatives” or “When a woman’s services are required, it is usually only for a short period, and some female member of the family of one of the operatives is generally engaged for the emergency.”

Although the women appointed 50 years ago had different career paths and tenures with the U.S. Secret Service, their prominence as commissioned federal law enforcement agents and their professionalism have significantly impacted the agency. It is because of their outstanding legacies that the Secret Service remains committed to hiring a diverse cadre of  talented women within its law enforcement ranks. When Special Agent Training Class 387 graduated in April of 2021, it marked the first instance in which women trainees outnumbered the men.

It is an honor and a privilege to acknowledge the 50th anniversary of the Secret Service’s outstanding female trailblazers and recognize the tremendous impact they left on the scores of women who continue to follow in their footsteps, committed to excellence in their law enforcement careers.

Learn more

Video Celebrating 50 Years
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Our Members

Since the founding of the United States Secret Service Association in 1971, USSSA has welcomed Secret Service employees from all generations into the organization.

The association is dedicated to supporting its members across the career spectrum and well after retirement.

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Help drive membership to new heights. Please spread the word about USSSA to all current and former USSS employees.

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"From the impressive goals we accomplish to the everyday camaraderie and support. It's the members at the heart of all of it. That's always been number one."

Rich Caruso, President, USSSA Board of Directors