Westborough’s Paul Horrigan honored as ‘Veteran of the Year’

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Westborough’s Paul Horrigan honored as ‘Veteran of the Year’
Paul Horrigan poses with his plaque. (Photo/Submitted)

WESTBOROUGH – Veterans’ Advisory Board member Paul Horrigan has been named the 2022 Veteran of the Year.

The board presented the award to Horrigan during the Dec. 13 Select Board meeting. 

A Vietnam War veteran, Horrigan has been advocating for veterans programs for decades. He remains active with the Veterans’ Advisory Board, as well as with the American Legion.

“It was not done alone,” said Horrigan when he received the award.

After he graduated from Boston College, Horrigan joined the U.S. Army. He was trained to be an interpreter in California before being sent to Vietnam in 1967 as an undercover intelligence officer.

He served with the 1st Cavalry Division. He also served in Germany and South Korea. He finished his service as a captain, and his honors include a Bronze Star. 

Horrigan and his wife, Pat, have lived in Westborough for nearly four decades. They raised three children in Westborough.

“I feel very blessed by it,” he said.

In addition to the award, Horrigan received citations from the state House of Representatives and the state Senate, as well as the Select Board.

“You are always there helping your fellow veterans,” said Select Board Chair Ian Johnson.

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