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2010 Veteran of the Year Anthony Yaquinto is a retired U.S. Marine staff sergeant who served in Easy Company during the Korean Conflict, where he earned two Purple Hearts and was awarded the Silver Star for his bravery in the battle of Reno Hill.
Assemblymember Jerry Hill named Yaquinto the Veteran of the Year for the 19th Assembly District for his many volunteer efforts since his retirement. They include founding California Kids for Troops, a program that sends letters from local school children to soldiers in hospitals and serving overseas, and volunteering at the U.S.O. booth at San Francisco International Airport, with the 23rd Marine Regiment based in San Bruno and with the Marine Corps annual Toys for Tots holiday collection efforts. -- 2010, San Bruno