Senator Gounardes inducts local Vietnam veteran into New York Veterans Hall of Fame
Daniel Vavas honored for his deployment in Vietnam 1967-1969, and for a lifetime of his service to his southern Brooklyn community
Daniel Vavas, a Vietnam War veteran and lifelong southern Brooklynite, has been honored by the New York State Senate with his recent induction into the New York Veterans Hall of Fame.
Mr. Vavas joins 60 other New York veterans honored with an induction into the Hall of Fame this year. The New York State Senate has inducted, in total, nearly 500 veterans into its Hall of Fame since its establishment in 2005. The Hall salutes New York veterans for their service in the United State Armed Forces, and for their civilian accomplishments.
“It is an honor to induct Mr. Vavas into the New York Veterans Hall of Fame this year,” said Senator Andrew Gounardes. “From his years empowering Cub Scouts to reach their fullest potential to his two years of service on a U boat in Vietnam defending our country’s highest values, Daniel Vavas has spent his whole life showing how deeply he cares for our community. I feel grateful to have him as a community member here in southern Brooklyn, and thank him deeply for his service.”
Born in Park Slope, Mr. Vavas graduated from Brooklyn Technical High School in 1965. He continued his studies at Long Island University’s Brooklyn campus before being drafted into the United States Army in the summer of 1967. He was trained in telecommunications, radio operations, and radio repair, and after his training he served at Fort Hamilton Army Base in Brooklyn before deploying to Vietnam. In Vietnam, he was assigned to a U Boat (LCU) patrolling the waterways of the Mekong Delta, and was honorably discharged in 1969 as a Spec 4.
Upon discharge, Mr. Vavas joined the American Legion and returned to Brooklyn, where he began his career as an insurance agent serving the community, as well as writing as a columnist contributor for the Brooklyn Spectator newspaper. Throughout his professional career he earned numerous awards, served on national industry advisory boards, and was selected as Insurance Agent of the Year in 1989, 9 years before his retirement in 1998.
Outside of his business, he has been actively involved in community service for many decades, including his service on the Board of the Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Church in multiple capacities, including that of Vice President. Additionally, he has been a longtime leader in the local Boy Scouts community, as the Cub Scout leader of Pack 715 for 9 years, the 1999 recipient of the national Good Scouter Award, and a recipient of the Eastern Orthodox Committee on Scouting, Prophet Elias award for his dedication to Orthodox Scouts. Mr. Vavas also served as the President of the Brooklyn Council of the Boy Scouts of America as the lead volunteer in Brooklyn, and is the very proud father of two Eagle Scouts. In his retirement years, he has enjoyed spending time with his wife of 50 years, Sue, who is a retired public school teacher, and their family, friends, and four grandchildren.
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