The second annual Warrior Award has been presented during the Walk of Honor yesterday at the Danbury War Memorial. This year's recipient is a Vietnam veteran who earned the Bronze Star with Valor, Navy Achievement Medal with Valor and three Purple Heart Medals.
Danny Mack Welch served 6 combat tours in Vietnam.
He was nominated by Operation Vet Fit co-founder Dan Gaita. He says Mack Welch was the same guy at 19 as he is today, but with the ghost of war that perpetuates throughout life.
Mack Welch is both a supporter of the Operation Vet Fit program and a benefactor. Gaita says when Mack Welch and others came home from war, they were treated as second class citizens and didn't receive the warm welcome that combat veterans receive now. He says hopefully that's a lesson learned from Vietnam.
Gaita said Danny Mack Welch is amazing inspiration who just finished successful brain surgery and is in recovery now.