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Carmel, N.Y. (11/14/11) Twenty-seven veterans throughout the Hudson Valley were honored by Senator Greg Ball (R, C – Patterson) at the Veterans’ Hall of Fame ceremony on Thursday.

The Veteran’s Hall of Fame was created by Senator Ball, and designed to honor outstanding veterans from throughout the 40th Senate District. Each veteran that was honored will be included on a traveling wall that will tour local municipalities throughout the 40th district.

For his service in Vietnam, a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and for his volunteer work in his community retired Specialist Arthur Hanley was selected as the Village of Brewster’s inductee for the Veterans’ Hall of Fame.

Hanley was born in Mount Kisco, New York, on April 6th, 1949 and served two years, seven months, and twenty-three days in the United States Army, earning the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal, the Vietnam Campaign Medal, the Bronze Star, and the Army Commendation Medal for his service in Vietnam.

Hanley’s volunteer service includes thirty-nine years with the Katonah Fire Department, where he served as a Captain of Engine Company Four, a member of the Board of Directors for nineteen years, and the treasurer for the Board of Directors for eleven years. He also spent nine years with the Katonah-Bedford Hills Volunteer Ambulance Corps, including a term as President, a member of the Brewster Little League Board of Directors, and worked with the Brewster High School Lifeline – Parent Support Group for NJROTC, including two years as President.

Hanley is a life member of VFW Post 672, where he served as Post Commander and District Commander, and currently serves as Commander of the Putnam County Council. He has been recognized as VFW All-State Post Commander for 2005-06, 2006-07, and 2007-08, as well as VFW All-American Post Commander for 2007-08. His work as Editor of the District Newsletter “The Sentinel” earned Hanley first place in the 2010 VFW National Publication Award for District Publications.

He is also a member of the American Legion, the Military Order of the Cootie, and he is a life member of the Americal Division Veterans Association.

A small business owner, and current co-owner of the Center for Living Well Therapies, Hanley has been the co-owner and operator of Healy’s Grocery and Delicatessen, and co-owner and Vice President of PAPA Associates, Inc.

During his opening remarks Senator Ball said, “The veterans who are here today were nominated by their communities, hand-picked because they chose a path of courage, honor, integrity and bravery; a path that helped shape America as we know it, protecting our way of life and liberty.”