Marlborough – The Marlborough Veteran of the Year 2015 is Veterans Council President Wayne Stanley, commander of the Salvatore Padula Chapter 82 of the Disabled American Veterans and a USAF retired veteran of the Gulf War. Mayor Arthur Vigeant presented the award to Stanley Aug. 16 at the Department of Fish and Game, describing him as “tirelessly serving the veterans community with devotion, charity and patriotism.”
Every year Marlborough’s Chapter 82 has collects funds which it distributes to needy injured vets and widows. The chapter also sponsors a medical oncology unit in Boston, a veterans’ shelter in Worcester, a soldiers’ home, and a local fishing derby. At Christmas they distribute several thousand dollars to needy veterans and widows. They are also involved in comforting wounded veterans in the hospital and organize the “Sweats for Vets” program.
The original Veteran of the Year was started eight years ago on the recommendation of the former State Representative Steve LeDuc when he approached the Marlborough Veterans Council. The award is presented to a veteran who has performed outstanding work in support of veterans. The selection is voted upon by three local veterans’ agents in the surrounding area.