On Nov. 7, Pat Daniels, center, was recognized as the Macomb County Board of Commissioners’ 2019 Veteran of the Year. The 67-year-old from Clinton Township served in the Army in the Vietnam War.

On Nov. 7, Pat Daniels, center, was recognized as the Macomb County Board of Commissioners’ 2019 Veteran of the Year. The 67-year-old from Clinton Township served in the Army in the Vietnam War.

Photo by Alex Szwarc


Veterans Commission chairman selected as BOC’s first Veteran of the Year

By: Alex Szwarc | C&G Newspapers | Published November 12, 2019

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MACOMB COUNTY — It was acknowledged as a long overdue gesture.

At the Nov. 7 Macomb County Board of Commissioners, or BOC, meeting, the board recognized Pat Daniels as the Macomb County Board of Commissioners’ 2019 Veteran of the Year.

This marked the first time the BOC has presented such an award.

“I’m honored and surprised. I don’t do what I do for this,” Daniels said. “The only thing we owe our veterans is everything. This isn’t a me award. I share this with every veteran who has offered a hand to another vet who was in trouble or needed guidance.”

The 67-year-old from Clinton Township is the Macomb County Veterans Commission chairman and has been with the commission for over 20 years. Daniels served in the Army during the Vietnam War from 1969 to 1971.

Even before he knew he was the honoree, Daniels addressed the board, thanking them for presenting the award.

“It’s long overdue that we started doing this and recognizing our veterans,” he said. “There’s a ton of veterans in this county that work for our veterans every day, and all of them are deserving of this award.”

BOC Chairman Bob Smith said that with Veterans Day approaching, the board decided to express to the county’s large community of veterans how deeply they appreciate the selfless contributions they have made toward serving and protecting the country.

“It is long overdue, and all of us are very proud to be a part of this moment,” Smith said.

Nominations were received online and nominators were asked to explain why the individual should be honored. The board received 26 nominations.

The proclamation given to Daniels reads, in part, “As a veteran himself, Pat Daniels serves this community every day with a compassionate and empathetic advocate for our county’s veterans.”

Smith said the board feels that Daniels’ most significant contribution is the one he’s made to the veterans of Macomb County and the state of Michigan.

Daniels’ good news didn’t stop with receiving the award. The board unanimously approved a motion to rename the BOC’s Annual Veteran of the Year Award to the Pat Daniels Macomb County Veteran of the Year Award presented by the Macomb County BOC.

“If you look (up) in the dictionary the word veteran, it will have a dash and Pat Daniels,” Commissioner Marv Sauger said. “I’ve known him for many years and nobody has said a bad word about him.”

Smith said there is a plan to design a special patch for future recipients.

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