Ted Puntillo, a Davis resident and Solano County’s veterans services officer, was recognized as the 2012 Veteran of the Year for the 8th Assembly District on June 28.
Puntillo was honored by Assemblywoman Mariko Yamada, D-Davis, and other members of the Assembly Veterans Affairs Committee during the fifth annual veterans recognition celebration at the Sacramento Convention Center.
“All of our military service members deserve to be commended, but we are fortunate that many veterans continue to serve their community after they return home,” Yamada said in a news release. “That is why I am proud to honor Ted Puntillo’s exemplary service and his ongoing commitment to serving his community, and especially his fellow veterans, at the local and state level.”
Puntillo served in the U.S. Army from August 1966 to August 1969, and advanced to the rank of sergeant. He served in Vietnam from May 1967 to May 1968, as well as at stateside postings at Fort Lewis, Wash.; Fort Stewart, Ga.; and with the Armed Forces Police in New York City.
Following his military service, Puntillo earned a bachelor’s degree from Sacramento State University in 1972. He also returned to his civilian employment with the U.S. Postal Service and worked until 2001, serving from 1981 to 2001 as postmaster in Davis.
Puntillo then joined the Yolo County Veterans Service Office as a veterans’ representative, and was appointed Yolo County veterans services officer in 2003. In 2008, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger appointed Puntillo deputy secretary for veterans services in the California Department of Veterans Affairs, a position he held until 2011 when he became Solano County’s veterans services officer.
Puntillo also is active in the community, serving as a volunteer firefighter for the Davis Fire Department from 1994 to 2003, and as president of the Davis Volunteer Firefighters Association from 1998 to 2003. He was a member of the Davis City Council from 2002 to 2006 and was mayor of Davis in 2006.
Puntillo is active in the American Legion, AMVETs, Jewish War Veterans, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Vietnam Veterans of America, Davis Odd Fellows and Rotary Club of Davis. In his free time, he restores antiques, refinishes furniture and is a season ticket holder with the Sacramento River Cats.