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September 19, Third Wednesday in September is Dr. Hector P. Garcia Day in Texas

American GI Forum of Texas, Inc. Report: AUSTIN, Texas –September 19 was the third Wednesday in September the day set aside by the Texas state legislature to commemorate Dr. Hector P. Garcia. Dr. Garcia, the founder of the American GI Forum (AGIF) spent his life fighting for the rights of Hispanic Veterans and their families in this country. For his lifetime of dedication Dr. Garcia was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, our country's highest civilian honor from President Ronald Regan. Young Dr. Garcia was an army veteran who served during WWII as a soldier and later as a medical doctor. Garcia earned a Bronze Star and six battle stars for his military service. More>


Long-time AGIF,TX Member, Humberto Aguirre, Del Rio Texas, Remembered

American GI Forum of Texas Inc, Report: DEL RIO, Texas – Texas Forum member Humberto Aguirre, 86, of Del Rio, peacefully passed away on September 7, 2018. He now joins his Heavenly Father and wife of 61 years whom he deeply missed, Hilda Valdez Aguirre.

Humberto was a long-time American GI Forum member of the Del Rio, Texas Fermin Calderon Chapter and was active for many years. He served the AGIF in several leadership capacities, including serving as local, Region and State Commander. He also served on the American GI Forum National Veterans Outreach Program, (NVOP) as a board member. He was one of the original founders of the Del Rio Chapter of the American GI Forum. 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>


Romo, Gonzalez Elected to Head AGIF/US
Romo Wins Easily, Gonzalez Runs Unopposed

American GI Forum of Texas , Inc Report: SAN ANTONIO, Texas– Larry Romo, from the San Antonio, Texas Miguel Hernandez Memorial Chapter defeated two other opponents to become the 2018-19 National Commander. Dora Gonzalezfrom the Colorado Springs Women ran unopposed for chair of the Women’s National Organization. Both are first time winners. Romo is the former U.S. Selective Service Director under the Obama Administration. He is a graduate of the Air Force Academy, and becomes the third commissioned officer,  to hold the highest office of AGIF.  Dr. Garcia, an Army Medical Doctor was the first National Chairman while Mr. Lupe Saldana, a Captain in the USMC. was the second. 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>


Thanks Vets, from a Grateful National Vice Commander Russell Lopez

American GI Forum of Texas, Inc. Report: BRIGHTON, CO – We are proud that many of our members throughout the AGIF Network took time to celebrate Memorial Day at diffrent cer3emonies. From Colorado Nationa Vice Commander Russell Lopez sent us photos with the following remarks: “I was proud to have been in attendance at the Jefferson County Courthouse Atrium on May 25, 2018 representing the American GI Forum as Gov. Hickenlooper signed the Tax deductions for Military Retirees Bill into law. This was really great news for all those have retired from the military serving our country right before memorial Day. Read More>


MALDEF Suit Stops Exclusion of Mexican Americans from “Whites Only” Cemetery 

Normanna Cemetery Association Agrees that Refusal to Bury Latino Residents is Discriminatory and Violates Rights of Latinos

American GI Forum of Texas, Inc. Report: CORPUS CHRISTI, TX— A MALDEF lawsuit filed in April aimed at stopping the exclusion of Mexican Americans from being buried in a “Whites Only” Cemetery came to a swift end Friday when the Normanna Cemetery Association agreed in court that its policy is discriminatory and violates the rights of Latinos. 

MALDEF filed the lawsuit on behalf of the American G.I. Forum of Texas, Inc. a non-profit membership organization that serves and advocates on the behalf of Latino military veterans throughout the State of Texas. Read 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>



AGIF 2018-19 National Executive Board

 69th AGIF-US National Conference in Albuquerque, NM. 


 News From Around Our State

Recent News & Past Events

 2017-2018 State Executive Board Members

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 Veterans Benefits News

Get an Answer Within 30 Days of VA Receiving Your Claim

Considering submitting a claim for an increase in your disability compensation? VA’s new Decision Ready Claims (DRC) program delivers decisions within 30 days.

Eric, a Marine Corps Veteran, was urged to apply for VA disability compensation because of an injury to his upper back that occurred during boot camp.

“The only thing that helps are massages, so I use the money for that. It goes towards normal living expenses too, because it is more than I expected,” he says. “It has made my life a lot easier to have that extra income.” Read More>


VA Disability Claims Application Process for Veterans

American GI Forum of Texas, STATE OFFICE, AUSTIN, Texas –The AGIFTX is publishing the fllowing information for our members and other veterans in the hope of helping them in seeking help from the VA.

In the face of dramatically increasing workloads and a backlog that affects Veterans of all eras – and both first-time filers and Veterans coming back to VA for a supplementary claim – the Veterans Benefits Administration must deliver first-rate, timely benefits and services, faster and more effectively than ever before. The steps that we publish below are to help you file a service Claim with the Department of Veterans Affairs. You may click on any of the links we are providing for you to get the maximum help when filing your claim.

More information about VA Forms 21-526EZ, 21-527EZ, 21-534EZ or VA Form 21-0958, Notice of Disagreement, may be found at www.ebenefits.va.gov or www.va.gov/vaforms/.The VA must help you meet your needs. You can find a list of all the benefits by going to http://www.benefits.va.gov/ or by uploading the General Overview of Filing a Service Claim with the Department of Veterans Affairs here.

To achieve our goals for improving the delivery of benefits to Veterans, we are paroviding a General overview of filing a service claim with the Department of Veterans Affairs. Transformation Plan that includes initiatives to re-train and reorganize our people, streamline VA business processes, and build and implement new technology solutions to eliminate the claims backlog and process all claims faster and at a higher quality.

TTexas Veterans and AGIFTX members can get more information form the Texas Veterans commission here http://www.tvc.state.tx.us/ or http://www.agif-nvop.org

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An Overview of the 70th Conference in San Antonio, TX
2018 AGIF Conference Chairs: Thank You AGIF

American GI Forum of Texas, Inc. AUSTIN, Texas – Thank you all of you who came to our beautiful city of San Antonio and enjoyed what is perhaps one of the most successful conferences in recent years. We have written a short review on mostly the social events that took place at this 70th conference. Our past National Commander and Past National Chairwoman have already published their thanks and a reflections of their past terms. Commander Angel and Chairwoman Vazquez Contes chose not to run for reelection. We thank them both for their service. More>  Conf.Photos>


State Commander calls for a Special Texas Board of Directors Meeting

The American GI Forum of Texas, Inc. Commander Ceasar Ruiz has called a Special Board of Directors meeting for Saturday October 13, 2018 in San Marcos, Texas.  The San Marcos Forum Chapter is hosting the meeting being held at the San Marcos Public Library Meeting Room at 625 East Hopkins Street in San Marcos.  For complete information call Gil Rodriguez at the State Office at: (512) 992-7066. If you plan to arrive Friday night there are a number of Hotels available. Please call the State office for Hotel information. Some Hotels are close to the Library and are on the west side of IH 35. More>


New Updates on 2018 AGIF National Veterans Day Reception in Washington D.C.

American GI Forum of Texas, Inc. AUSTIN, Texas  –In order to keep you up-to-date on the Veterans Day Events in Washington DC this coming November, we have published below the latest updates concerning the 3-day event forwarded to us State by Colorado Commander Luis Vazquez Contes.

Friday 9 NOV, AGIF is hosting a Wreath Laying Ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery (Felix Longoria Gravesite) at 10:00 AM.  Transportation is being negotiated via a bus leaving the hotel probably at either 9 or 930 am - 50 PAX Bus. 

Afterwards head to the U.S. Capitol at 1:00 pm to arrive at a designated location for a tour of the U.S. Capitol for whoever is interested.  We will hopefully have CHCI Congressional Interns provide the tour. We will have a designated time and location for a return bus trip to the hotel.  Please Tip the bus driver, highly recommendedMore>   Reception>


Resolution Declares 70th Annual National  Conference Dedicated to all Korean Veterans Living or Deceased

The American GI Forum of Texas, Inc. Report: SAN ANTONIO, Texas – The American  GI Forum of the U.S. by resolution declared that the 70th Annual National  Conference be also dedicated to the Korean Veterans alive or deceased. The resolution passed unanimously by the Delegate present.

Two other resolutions were read by National Sgt-at-Arms Mario Perales from Fort Stockton Forum in Texas and passed. These were the only resolutions declared to be official and permissible according to our AGIF National Constitution by the Resolutions Committee appointed by appointed by the National Commander to presented and read to the delegation for approval. More>


American GI Forum of Texas, Inc. Thank you from Commander Martinez for a Job Well Done! 

American GI Forum of Texas, Inc. Report: Houston, Texas – Greetings Fellow Forumeers, Women and Youth chapters and friends. This is my first chance to Congratulate the new Commander-Elect Ceasar Ruiz and the rest of the re-elected Board members. Once again it is an honor to have been your State Commander for the past 5 years and will continue to serve you until June 1.

It is unfortunate that I had to miss some activities with some things still pending because of health issues. Gil and I have always worked to make this the best organzation in the Nation and thanks to all of you we have, in my opinion,  successfully achieved that goal. I am pleased knowing that our membership is stable, our finances are excellent and our state is united. I'm sure that come June, Ceasar and our board will continue our progress. More> 


Ceasar Ruiz Elected State Commander
Texas AGIF Celebrates 70th Annicersary at Annual Conferecne American GI Forum of Texas, Inc. Report: AUSTIN, Texas – The 70th Anniversary was celebrated at the 2018 American GI Forum State Conference, in Austin Texas, March 23-25, 2018 and it was successful and an enjoyable and productive experience.  

Notably absent was State Cmndr John Martinez, although doing extremely well he still in recovery but at the time had other personal problems and was unable to attend. Mr. Mario Peralez, 1st Vice-commander from Fort Stockton took charge and did an excellent job running the meetings.

The State office and members of the Austin Chapter put efforts with a very short time-frame to put this conference together in an effort to make this conference and board meeting a success.

Ceasar Ruiz, Austin Chapter was elected as the New State Commander. He and the board will assume office in June becase of a resolution passed to keep our fiscal year finances and budget in order.(Read More)


Hurricane Harvey Hits Southeast Texas, AGIF Members Safe
From the Texas AGIF State Office

American GI Forum of Texas, Inc. Report: AUSTIN, Texas – Hurricane Harvey hit Southeast Texas as a category 4 storm followed closely by Hurricane Irma in Florida and by the devastation Hurricanes Irma and Jose caused in Puerto Rico. Later in October Nate a category 1 hurricane hit the Louisiana Gulf coast October 8 causing some damage to the gulf coast and flooding in the Appalachians and the Ohio valley. Three deadly Hurricanes that hid the U.S. or U.S. soil this year.

In Texas Hurricane Harvey was the worst and most damaging. Prior to the storm many people including AGIF members were encouraged to evacuate the Texas Coastal Area. This report is to bring you up-to-date on some of our members that were in the wake of the storm. More>


A message from the Chairwoman
National Chairwoman Thanks the Prior Administration for Their Dedication to the American GI Forum of the U.S.

American GI Forum of Texas Inc. Report: Pueblo CO – "I would like to take this opportunity to thank the prior administration for their dedication to the American GI Forum of the United States (AGIF) and for volunteering their time to serve as national board members of this organization." said Patsy Vazquez Contes, newly elected National Chairwoman. 

"I’ve have learned that businesses need three things to succeed: management skills, money to finance and grow, and markets/ patrons to serve. More>


Beatrice T. Perez Robstown Women’s Chapter Annual Veterans & Youth Education & Technology Program

American GI Forum of Texas, Inc. Report: CORPUS CHRIST, TX – The American GI Forum, Beatrice T. Perez Robstown Women’s Chapter hosted their annual Veterans and Youth Education & Technology Program allowing them to continue the legacy set on March 26, 1948 in Corpus Christi, Texas at Lamar Elementary School.  

They are committed to working collectively with local Corporate Sponsors and Community Leaders to build a bridge that offers the American Dream for the next generation of veterans, their families and our future leaders of America. More> See Photos>

AGIF National News

National Office Update:
Important Information from the National Office for 2017-18 

American GI Forum of the U.S.: Pueblo, CO – The 2016-17 National Board reminds the States that dues and assessments for Charter Charters are due by January 31, 2018. Dues payed begining October 1, 2017 til December 31, 2017 will be be considered payed for the entire 2018 year. Chapters being late in remitting dues and assessments may be subject to an additional charge per chapter per month.

Forum Chapters must have at least 8 veterans when submitting transmittals. 25% non-veterans are allowed under the constitution and must be maintained in order to qualify as a chapter in good standing. Women and youth chapters must have at least 8 members to qualify as viable chapters.

Dues must be submitted and paid through each State Treasurer. Each State Treasurer will submit all dues and assessments to the National Office, attention to Mr. Luis Vazquez Contes (activing Office Manager) at the National Office. Along with checks, transmittal and charter renewal forms must be submitted. Membership applications are not necessary except for new members. New Veteran members must show proof of status. When running for State of National Office copies of a DD-214 or VA card will be needed for proof of status.  More>

Recent Updates

MARK YOUR CALENDAR!

The American GI Forum of Texas, Inc. Board of Directors will be meeting on Saturday, October 13 in San Marcos, Texas at the San Macos Public Library, 625 East Hopkins St. State Commander Ceasar has been in office since june and we have not yet had a meeting. He and the Board were elected last March at a special State Conference in Austin.  The Texas State Board of Directors is now scheduled to meet twice a year. But a special meeting was necessary. Our next scheduled meeting will be in February in Del Rio, Texas. The February Board meeting is now called the State Annual Mid-Year Conference.

Because Texas hosted the 70th Annual National Conference this year, Texas celebrated the 70th Anniversary at an early State Conference on March 23-25. Actual date of the birth of the AGIF is on March 26, 1948.

The 2019 National Mid-Year Conference is Scheduled for March 2019 in Corpus Christi, Texas. There is no scheduled National Conference for 2019 as of September, 2018.

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