TONAWANDA, N.Y. (WKBW) — He served in the Air Force in Vietnam and now, one Town of Tonawanda veteran is receiving a special honor.
New York State Senator Chris Jacobs has now named Raymond Borawski the 60th Senate District Veteran of the Month for April 2019, presenting him with a special proclamation at the Milton J. Brounshidle American Legion Post 205 on Monday. Borawski has been an active member at that post for the last decade.
“Ray Borawski served with great distinction during the Vietnam war before returning home to complete his education and embark on a successful career as a mechanical engineer,” said Senator Jacobs. “His service to his community and his fellow veterans has been exemplary and I am very pleased that we could recognize him in front of his fellow veterans.”
Borawski was recently elected 1st Vice Commander at the Bounshidle Post and serves as the Membership Chairman, overseeing membership drives for the last four years. He's also part of the post's Honor Guard, ensuring local veterans stay in touch with one another through the Post's Facebook page and co-editing its newsletter with his wife.
Jacobs also says Borawski received the award, in part, because of the personal approach he's taken to serving his fellow veterans, along with volunteering at St. Faustina’s Gate Food Pantry, Ken-Ton Meals on Wheels and Blessed Sacrament Church.
“Ray Borawski’s lifetime of service is a wonderful example of what the 60th Senate District Veteran of the Month award represents,” said Jacobs. “He is a very deserving recipient and it is a privilege for me to recognize him today.”
Senator Jacobs established the Veteran of the Month program in 2017 to recognize and thank to veterans who served honorably and then continued to make a significant impact through their community service or commitment to fellow veterans.