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Important Update: Mid-Year Conference Rescheduled for Las Vegas, April 22-24

American GI Forum of Texas, Inc. Report: AUSTIN,Texas – The 2018 National Mid-Year Conference originally scheduled to be in Reno Nevada, March 7-10, has been moved to Sunday, April 22 thru Tuesday, April 24, 2018 in Las Vegas at Boulder Station 4111 Boulder Hwy, Las Vegas Nevada. The Board Meeting will begin Monday April 23, and end Tuesday. A copy of the registration form is available hereMore>

From the AGIFTX State Office:
What's New in 2018–Continue Meeting the Challanges 

American GI Forum of Texas, Inc. Report: AUSTIN, Texas – We are in almost a month into the New year and have returned to work. As we look back upon this past year, there have been many challenges that we have overcome and still more that must be resolved. But with the resiliency of our organization, we are up to the task and understand now more than ever the importance of our work. 

First a reminder that Dues and State and National Charter renewals are due the 1st of the year. More> 

Gen. Richard Cavazos (1929-2017) Army’s First Hispanic Four-Star General Dies

Editor’s Note: This article is in remembrance of a good friend of the American GI Forum. General Richard Cavazos  died Sunday October 29, 2017. Due to our Web probems we were unable to publish information then. Below is an article from the San Antonio Express-News with some details of his long military career.

SAN ANTONIO, TX – General Richard Cavazos, the first Hispanic four-star general in the U.S. Army and one of its most highly decorated veterans, died Sunday in San Antonio after a long struggle with Alzheimer’s disease. Read More>

Update: 2017 National Conference in Albuquerque July 19-22

American GI Forum of Texas Inc. Report: (ALBUQUERQUE, NM) The 2017 National Conference is now history. Angel Zuniga Was reelected National Commander and Patsy Vazquez Contes, past chairwoman was elected National Chairwoman in a close race over incumbent Chair Felicita Lugo. See the new Board.

The Conference was called to order by Commander Angel Zuniga on Friday, July 21, 2017 at 9:00 am at an opening breakfast. More>

Summary of Resolutions Passed at The American GI Forum National Conference at Albuquerque, NM

By Jake Alarid Resolution Chairman

American GI Forum of Texas Inc. Report: Albuquerque, NM – Below is a summary of the Resolutions that were passed at the National Conference in Albuquerque. The complete resolutions are being forwarded to the National Commander and Secretary. 

Most of these Resolutions are self-explanatory as to how they should be forwarded to appropriate entities. They are to be signed by National Commander Angel Zuniga and National Secretary Myrna Chavarria and placed on official Letterhead and Logo from the National Office. The National Commander's name and address appears on top of the resolution letterhead. More>

National Commander Reports on AGIF-US 69th Annual National Conference Albuquerque, NM

Americn GI Forum of Texas, Inc. Report: CORPUS CHRISTI, TX – The 2017 National Conference concluded with seven new people elected to the National Executive Board. Returning to the Executive Board are Angel Zuniga, Corpus Christi, TX, as National Commander, Russell Lopez, Wheat Ridge, CO, moves up to National Vice Commander from National Secretary and Jasmine Vigil, Detroit, MI, resumes as National Youth Chair. Newly elected to the board are Myrna Chavarria, San Antonio, TX, National Secretary, Patricia L. Marrero, Pueblo, CO, National Treasurer, Mario Perales, Ft Stockton, TX, National Sgt-at-Arms. Newly elected Women's officers are Patsy Vasquez-Contes, Pueblo, CO, National Chairwoman, Sylvia Garza, San Marcos, TX, Vice Chairwoman, Rebecca Lugo, Detroit, MI, Women’s Secretary and Laura Flores, Denver, CO, Women’s Treasurer. More>  Photos>

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>

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>



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 Veterans Benefits News

VA Announces Rollout and Application Process for New Veterans ID Card 

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that the application process for the national Veterans Identification Card (VIC) is now available for Veterans — yet another action honoring their service.

This has been mandated through legislation since 2015 to honor Veterans, and today’s rollout of the ID card fulfills that overdue promise. 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

Past Events & Schedules
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AGIF-TX 70th Annual State Conference
State Conference and State Mid-year Conference Scheduled in Austin, March 23-25, 2018

American GI Forum of Texas, Inc. Report: AUSTIN, Texas – In view that AGIF Texas will be hosting the 70th Annual National Conference next year, the State Conference voted last June in Houston to combine the February Board Meeting with the State Conference and move that event to March. Texas will then celebrate the 70th Anniversary of the birth of the AGIF on March 26, 1948. The State Conference will start on Friday March 23 at noon and continue through Saturday as the Official 2018 State Conference. The State Board of Directors will meet on Sunday, March 25. The actual Anniversary date is Monday, March 26.

Headquarters will be at Wyndham Garden Hotel – 3401 S. IH-35N Frontage Rd. (at Woodward Exit), Austin, Texas. (Read More)

AGIF National Updates For 2018
70th National Conference in San Antonio, Texas July 26-28

American GI Forum of Texas, Inc. Report: AUSTIN, Texas – The American GI Forum of Texas, Inc. is pleased to invite you to join us in San Antonio, Texas for our 70th Annual National Conference. The American GI Forum meets every year to address important issues impacting our veteran’s community. With the theme of Celebrating, Seven Decades of Serving Veterans and their Families.” We will honor and pay tribute to Carlos Martinez, AGIF/NVOP President and CEO. More>

Commander's Update
Texas Commander John Martinez D
oing Well
By Gil Rodriguez

American GI Forum of Texas, Inc. Report: HOUSTON, Texas – I am now able to report briefly on the Condition of Commander John Martinez who suffered a stroke last month and was hospitalized for treatment and observation. I am also pleased to report that he was released after a brief hospital stay and is recovering well at home. Due to his familys' wishes, we were unable to report on this sooner. Although his desire is to be back to being active, his doctors and family insists that he remain out of action and get plenty of rest. He is presently undergoing some physical therapy. 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.  More>

69th Texas State Conference in Houston Great Success

American GI Forum of Texas, Inc. Report: AUSTIN, Texas – The American GI Forum Houston Lucian Adams Chapter and the Greater Houston Women’s chapter had an overwhelming success hosting our 69th Annual Texas State Conference at the Hilton Garden Inn Hotel, 7979 Willow Chase Blvd, Houston, Texas starting on Thursday June 8th thru Sunday June 11th. More> Photos>

AGIFTX Re-elects Martinez; Elect Perales, Chavarria and Longoria to the Executive Board

Women Reelect Garza, Aleman Elected Women’s Treasurer. 

The American GI Forum of Texas, Inc. Report: HOUSTON, Texas – The State Delegate re-elected John Martinez as State Commander. Mr.  Mario Perales from Ft. Stockton was elected as First Vice commander replacing Mr. Caesar Ruiz who chose not to seek re-election. Ms. Myrna Chavarria, Commander of the San Antonio Miguel Hernandez Chapter will replace retiring Paul Herrera as State Secretary and Austin Chapter Commander Armando Longoria was elected State Sgt-at-Arms.

The New Officers were sworn in Saturday evening at an Awards Dinner by National Commander Angel Zuniga. They officially become members of the Executive board for a one-year term. More> Officers>

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>

American GI Forum of Texas, Inc. Commander Martinez Activity Update

American GI Forum of Texas, Inc. Report: Houston, Texas – Greetings Fellow Forumeers, Women and Youth chapters and friends. Once again it is an honor to have been with you all during our State Conference here in Houston, Texas. We had a great conference and a full report is being published on the site. I have participated and have been helping or State office on many activities since our last meeting, some have involved travel other have been made electronically and some made with calls to many of you and specially our with state office.Below are some activities that I have been involved with and as always represent you and the State Office. 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 National News

National Office Update:
Important information from National Offce for 2017-18

American GI Forum of the U.S.: Pueblo, CO – The 2017-18 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 2017 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 Manager, Mr. Luis Vazquez Contes at the National Office along with checks, transmittal and charter renewal forms. More>

Recent Updates

Thank you for your Patience

The American GI Forum of Texas, Inc. Web Site was not in full operation for a few weeks due to upgrades to our server. While the server in Amarillo was upgraded we also switched to a new service provider. This affected our E-mail service as well. Our Email addresses remain the same with the addition of gilupe@agiftx.com. We will temporarily be sending our mail by gilupedesign@gmail.com, but you may respond through our normal address, gil@agiftx.com and stateoffice@agiftx.com.

Our Web master in Amarillo informed us that it became necessary to upgrade and switched us to a newer and larger server. It took a while to transfer files and upgrade software to be back completely operational. We are also using Google Chrome Service for our website. With these upgrades we are hopeful that we will provide you with better service.  We will continue providing the latest AGIF news from Texas and around the AGIF National Network. All information on our upcoming conferences and our National Mid-year in Reno are now posted. We are working with the National office and California Commander Fredrick Romero to get all the information that you will need to register, get rooms, and transportation accommodations. That information will be updated as changes occur.

It is our desire that our Email service will also improve. If you have trouble reaching us you can always reach us through this Web site.

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