Ted Wilkinson was elected Region 3 Director at VVA’s 18th National Convention in New Orleans, La.
Wilkinson enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1969 and served two tours in Vietnam with the 20th Engineer Brigade and Engineer Command, earning an Army Commendation Medal, a Good Conduct Medal, and two Bronze Stars. Wilkinson was honorably discharged as a Spec. 5 in 1972.
As a life member of VVA Chapter 193, Wilkinson served 10 years as chapter vice president, two years as chapter secretary, and was named Member of the Year three times. He has served as a New York State Council delegate since 2002. He served as the state council’s Western District Director from 2006–2016, and has chaired its Membership Affairs Committee since 2008.
At the national level, Wilkinson is a member of VVA’s POW/MIA Veterans Initiative, Veterans Against Drugs Task Force, and Membership Affairs Committee. He is the founder of the New York State Wyoming County Joint Veterans Council, and served as its president from 2007–2015. Wilkinson helped organize 2005’s Echo Taps, and brought the Moving Wall memorial to Western New York multiple times.
Wilkinson serves on U.S. Rep. Chris Collins’ Veterans Advisory Council. Among his many commendations are the Conspicuous Service Cross (New York state’s highest award for combat valor) and the Vietnam Cross of Gallantry. He was inducted into the New York State Veterans Hall of Fame in 2012.
Wilkinson had a distinguished career with General Motors, and was inducted into the Automotive Hall of Fame in 1982. He lives in Warsaw, N.Y., with his wife, Nyla, who has supported his veteran advocacy efforts throughout their nearly 40 years together.