California Forumeer Former National Commander Jake Alarid, with a sense of Pride, remembers,”My 2 Cents Worth" on the Moon Landing
American GI Forum of Texas, Inc Report: EL CAMINO REAL CHAPTER, CALIFORNIA – My parents always reminded me that being the oldest of 13 children I had to set an example for my brothers and sisters and that was to go to college and get an education. My 5th grade teacher, Sister Mary Louis demanded to know what I wanted to be when I grew up, which prompted me to tell her I wanted to be an aeronautical engineer. More>
American GI Forum National and Texas State Chaplain, Father Richard Peña Passed Away
American GI Form of Texas, Inc. Report: SAN ANTONIO, Texas –It is with great sadness that I report that Father Richard Peña, the Official Chaplain of the American GI Forum of Texas, Inc. and the American GI Forum of The U.S., a retired priest of the Archdiocese of San Antonio, died Wednesday June 26 at the age of 75.
After an official request from the American GI Forum of Texas, Inc. Father Richard Peña became the official Chaplain of Texas and later also for the National Organization in August 2000. He was appointed by Archbishop Patrick F. Flores from the Archdiocese of San Antonio to serve as its Chaplain and provide the American GI Forum with its spiritual needs. Father Richard Pena participated with the American GI Forum as Texas State and National Chaplain serving until poor health forced him to retire. He is deserving of many accolades for his service, but as a humble individual, he modestly and graciously accepted his role as a tribute to his calling. Read More> See Photos
State Conference Update:
Seguin Manuel Castillas Chapter Commander Thanks all Delegates Attending the 2019 State Conference
American GI Forum Report: AUSTIN, Texas – “On behalf of our chapter I want to thank and show my appreciation to all members who attended at our 2019 Annual State Conference here in Seguin,” remarked newly Elected Chapter Commander Javier Castilleja and Co-chair of the State Conference. Commander Castilleja replaced Commander Chris Aviles as Seguin Commander.
“I also thank and proud, grateful and thankful for the local chapter members who dedicated time, effort and resources to make the 2019 Conference in Seguin a success with a special thanks to Mr. JP Amador, Conference co-chair.” More>
Cosme Barcelo, AGIF-TX San Antonio Miguel Hernandez Chapter, Recuperates After Car Accident
American GI Forum of Texas, Inc. Report: SAN ANTONIO, Texas – Mr. Cosme Barcelo, San Antonio Miguel Hernandez chapter Secretary was recently involved in a serious accident. While we try to keep you informed of all serious events, we were a little behind in getting the correct information. Many of you have called and I will repeat only what we know here at the State Office. The accident was serious causing Cosme to suffer serious injuries that required at least three surgeries on some broken bones and internal injuries. He was taken for surgery at University Medical Center in San Antonio. He has since moved to the Rehab Center, 8300 Wurzback Road, Room 42, a short distance from the medical center. Chapter Commander Frank Archuleta and National Commander Larry Romo (shown in photo), and members of his chapter have visited with him among others. More>
AGIF, Fort Stockton Chapter Receive Donation from Local DAV
American GI Forum Report: AUSTIN, Texas –In a joint venture of helping veterans in need, and as member of the Fort Stockton Chapter of American GI Forum of Texas, Inc., 1st Vice Commander Mario Perales recently met with DAV Commander Paul Reed of the local Permian Basin DAV chapter 58. Commander Reed is also a veteran's service officer. In an effort continue their work of helping Veterans with immediate needs Commander Reed presented Mario Perales, AGIF Fort Stockton Secretary Treasurer, with a check for $3,000. The donation is to be used to continue with the American GI Forum state and the local chapter’s effort of assisting with Veterans’ emergency needs. More>
AGIF Members Attention: Special Important Notice
AGIF Texas State Office in Austin has Relocated
American GI Forum of Texas, Inc. Report: AUSTIN, Texas – This is and office notice from State Commander Ceasar Ruiz and the CEO Gil Rodriguez from the State Office informing all members that the state office of the American GI Forum of Texas, Inc. has been moved. The Office lease expired December 31, 2018 and no agreement was reached in negotiating a new lease. Consequently all the Businesses including the AGIF Office had to be relocated. More>
San Antonio Miguel Hernandez Commander Appointed Army Reserve Ambassador to Texas
American GI Forum of Texas, Inc.: AUSTIN, Texas – Lieutenant General, Charles D. Luckey, Chief, Army Reserve appointed Frank J. Archuleta to serve a three-year term for the State Texas, and the 63rd Readiness Division. His appointment began on November 30, 2018.
As an Army Reserve Ambassador, Archuleta will promote the goals and objectives of the Army Reserve by telling the Army Reserve story to the American people via local civic groups and organizations and to state and local elected officials. He will be responsible for providing a variety of briefings to convey the capabilities, skills and value the Army Reserve brings to communities. More>
AGIF National Vice Cmdr Lopez Attends Medal Presentation in Wheat Ridgeand; Valenzuela Mobil Unveiling in Colorado Springs
Medal Presentation Ceremony
Amerian GI Forum of Texas Report: Wheat Ridge, CO – A presentation ceremony honoring the service of WWII veteran Sergeant William D. Peterson with the China War Memorial Medal. Present among friends and family, was Major General Mason C. Whitney, former Adjutant General, State of Colorado (left), who presented Sgt. Bill Peterson with the medal.
Peterson, and all WWII veterans deserves our respect and gratitude for their service and for their continued dedication to help build and better our communities upon their return. More>
Words from the American GI Forum of the U.S. Past National Commander
American GI Forum of Texas, Inc. Report: AUSTIN, Texas – It’s been a month since the conclusion of our 70th American GI Forum of the US (AFIFUS) National Conference in San Antonio, TX. Reflecting back on the last four years, the organization has gone through some prolific and tumultuous times. Either way, we have made great strides in fortifying and turning the organization in the right direction.
As the newly elected National Commander in 2014, I set out to do an in-depth self-assessment to improve the organization. After discussion with the executive board, we agreed to develop plans and policies to codify our goals. More>
Acknowledgements, Successes and Thank You from Our Former National Chairwoman
American GI Forum of Texas, Inc. Report: SAN ANTONIO, Texas – I would like to take this moment to acknowledge our accomplishments of the past year and thank those of you who helped make these successes possible. I had the honor of serving as your 2018 National Chairwoman for the American G.I. Forum of the United States. It was an unforgettable year full of accomplishments as new friendships arose, old ones were reinforced, and new challenges welcomed. I was encouraged to seek a second term but decided not to seek re-election because I am motivated to work on several special projects for the organization. More>
Myrna Chavarria, Miguel Hernandez Cmdr is Texas AGIF Facebook Administrator
American GI Forum of Texas Inc. Report: SAN ANTONIO, Texas. The American Gi Forum of Texas is hoping to expand coverage of news and activities throughout the AGIF as it expands its Facebook coverage. Myrna Chavarria, Commander of the San Antonio Miguel Hernandez Memorial Chapter has been selected and accepted the job to administer the Texas Facebook Page. She is being assisted by State Vice Commander Ceasar Ruiz when needed. Gil Rodriguez, Texas State Exec will also be contributing information from the AGIFTX.org Web site. More>
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