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Conference Update:
2015 American GI Forum of Texas, Inc. Conference is now History

American GI Forum of Texas, Inc. Report: AUSTIN, Texas – The State Commander and officers have declared a successful 2015 Conference at the Wyndham Garden Hotel in Austin. With this we report to all that the conference was indeed a success. Good Attendance, Speakers were all enlightening, informative, entertaining and enjoyable; the hotel managers were helpful attentive and staff performed well. Lupe Rodriguez, Finance Chair and Gil Rodriguez, Conference Chair informed us that the entire conference did well see photos here, and the Committee did an excellent job of coordinating this event.

At the Legends Luncheon on Friday, Commander Martinez, on behalf of the AGIF thanked Mr. Chris Faulker from Breitling Energy Corporation for his participation and informative inspirational and educational Keynote address. He thanked Austin Forumeer Robert Flores for assisting us with Breitling Energy which also was a Conference sponsor. He thanked them for their support and offered our assistance as we continue to be advocates for domestic energy. Commander Martinez presented Mr. Faulkner with a small gift, an American GI Forum Merit Medallion and a Book. 

Adjutant General of Texas National Guard, Major General John Nichols was also a Speaker at the Friday “Legends Luncheon.” Commander Martinez presented General a Merit Award Medallion and a Book “The AGIF thanks you for the informative and enjoyable remarks and for your continued support and concern for those who have served our Nation. Thank you General.” Carlos Martinez was the Master of Ceremonies for the Luncheon. The American GI Forum thanked him for his many years of service with the NVOP and for his support of the American GI Forum. He was awarded a Lifetime of Achievement awards during the session. 

That evening Mr. Jerry Patterson, former Chairman of the Texas Land Board was the keynote for the Commander’s Banquet. He spoke about Texas History and the impact and the role of the Hispanics have had and are having in Texas. Patterson was honored with an Honorary Lifetime Membership and was presented a certificate of membership and an American GI Forum Medallion for his many years of support of the American GI Forum of Texas, Inc. “You have honored us with you presence for many years and tonight we honor you with an honorary lifetime membership,” Commander Martinez told Patterson. All of the distinguished participants allow for a continuance of the AGIF mission, to provide awareness and advocacy on important issues affecting military veterans and their families. 

The State Office presented a Lifetime of Achievement to long-time National and State Legal Advisor, Mr. Robert P. ‘Bob” Sanchez for his many years of distinguished service. Mr. Sanchez is of our Elite Group of Charter Members. Also receiving a Lifetime Achievement Medallion for his many years of service to Texas and the Houston area was long-time hardworking Houston Forumeer, Mr. John Aleman and the late Ray Orozco co-founded the Houston Lucian Adams Chapter and the Latino Learning Center.  His wife Jeanie has served as a National and State Officer. She is presently the State Vice Chair. Former State Commander Paul Herrera served as Master of Ceremonies for the Commander’s Banquet. 

The Saturday Members Awards Luncheon Mr. William McLemore, long-time Veterans advocate, who has served many years in Washington D.C. with the VA and now serves as Executive Secretary for the Texas Land Board was the Keynote Speaker. Mr. McLemore, always a welcome guest provided information on Veterans Services and Benefits. He was given a Lifetime Honorary Membership for his many years of supporting and attending GI Forum Conferences. Ms. Anna Ramirez Antunez was the M.C. Other awards included the Outstanding Chapter of the Year Award went to the Dr. Fermin Calderon Chapter from Del Rio. The Outstanding Women’s Chapter went to the Robstown Beatrice Perez Women’s Chapter. Mr. Felipe ‘Rudy’ Martinez, San Antonio Miguel Hernandez Memorial Chapter was Awarded Outstanding Member of the Year. Mrs. Elma Gonzaels-de Luna from the Greater Houston Women was honored as the Outstanding Woman of the Year. 

The Commander also thanked the Color Guard from Austin’s “Tejanos in Action” for posting and retiring the Colors for the Friday events. He thank them for your continued support of our organization. After the Banquet Everyone enjoyed Dancing to the music and entertainment of Roy Reyes and the Texas Express

In a suprise move, Lupe Rodriguez received an achievement award for here work at the State Office and for coordinating several State and National Conferences, Conference Awards Chair Jeanie Aleman, with help from Executive Officer Gil Rodriguez and State Commander John Martinez presented the annual awards. 

During our General Assembly on the assembly floor there were some good presentations. Mr. Kevin McHale, Senior Loan Officer for West Star Pacific spoke on how to raise money for the state and chapters by providing references of homebuyers to certain Mortgage Companies. Mr. Jerry Avila, a San Marcos Forum Chapter Member spoke on social media and how it will impact Radio communications and the benefit from getting in as an organization and promoting organization issues and programs via the airwaves. These were good presentations.

Paul Herrera our Legislative Committee Chairman gave a report on the 84th session of the Texas Legislature that just concluded June 1. Mr. Israel Tames Veterans Service Officer from Port Lavaca gave an update on Veterans Benefits and some new laws expanding benefits and how the VA hopes to provide better service to Veterans. Officer’s reports from all our elected officers including our State of the State report and Financial Status from our State Executive were presented and approved. 

The AGIF of Texas thanks Mr. Ceasar ‘El Guapo’ Ruiz for his work on our State Constitution. All his hard work paid off and a revised constitution was completed and accepted that will serve the organization better. It will be published as soon as all proofing is completed. It will then be distributed to chapters. Extra copies will be available for sale at the State Office. Vice commander Ruiz and his committee spent many long hours of work but did an excellent job. 

Election of officers was conducted Saturday afternoon. The present Board with the exception of Sgt-at-Arms remained the same. Mr. Rey Candia from McAllen, Texas was elected Sgt-at-Arms taking Mr. Roy Reyes place when he decided not to seek another term

The women selected Sylvia Garza as Chair. Jeanie Aleman remained as Vice Chair. Dolores Martinez from the San Felipe Del Rio Women’s Chapter was elected Secretary.  Anna Ramirez-Antunez from Tarrant County Women became the new Treasurer. We congratulate and welcome these new Board members. We thank the outgoing members for their time and good work during their terms of service. A very special thanks went to outgoing State Chairwoman Tina Olivares for her years of caring service to the AGIF/Texas.

As has become customary that each year the State honors someone who has served our state above and beyond the call. This year it was Antonio Gil Morales whose long history of service few have equaled was honored. Tony not only served as state and National Commander, but he served as the first, and so far our only full-time National Executive Secretary for eight years. Tony was honored with a Dinner on Saturday night and is featured in the Conference Brochure. The article appears on this site to honor the lifetime of work and dedication Tony and his Wife Guillerma have devoted to the State and National organization. Tony was honored with a Lifetime of Achievement Certificate and Medallion. A well deserved award.

During his 8 years of service in that position Tony also served as the National Executive Director for the Hispanic Education Foundation (HEF). The matching fund program awarded thousands of dollars in matching scholarship funds during his tenure and today continues under the leadership of Barbara Olivas from Kansas. Past National Chairwoman, Mrs. Isabelle Tellez of New Mexico founded HEF.

From the newly elected and reelected Forum Officers their pledge is to continue working together for a better Texas and National Organization. 

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 Oil and Gas Chairman Chris Faulkner To Address Austin Veterans Luncheon Friday About Energy At War

American GI Forum of Texas: Austin, TX – June 11, 2015 – Breitling Energy (OTCBB:BECC) Chairman and CEO, Chris Faulkner, is delivering a keynote speech at the 67th Annual American GI Forum State Conference of Texas tomorrow at noon at the Wyndham Gardens Hotel’s Woodward Conference Center in Austin. 

The event gathers for tribute veterans who have served from the end of World War II to present and honors the leaders and members for their accomplished recognition and service. 

Chris Faulkner, often nicknamed “The Frackmaster” by the media, will discuss oil’s role throughout key conflicts ranging from WWII to the present, and how the United States is currently engaged in a strategic war with OPEC over world oil supplies and pricing dominance. 

“Oil is modern day gold, and nations go to war over it,” Faulkner said.  “You can trace oil back to the Chaco War, World War II, the Middle East in the 1970’s, Afghanistan, Iran-Iraq, the Gulf Wars and the natural gas influence of Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine last year.  Energy is always a key factor in modern conflict.” 

Other dignitaries who have been invited to the Luncheon include Maj. General John Nichols, Adjutant, Texas Military Forces, Congressman Lloyd Doggett, Texas Secretary of State Carlos Coscos and the new Chairman of the State Senate Committee on Veterans and Military Installation, Dr. Donna Campbell. Also on the list is Former General Land Office Commissioner, Jerry Patterson, Veterans Land Board Executive Secretary William W. McLemore.

Breitling Energy Corporation is a growing U.S. energy company based in Dallas, Texas, engaged in the exploration and development of high-probability, lower risk onshore oil and gas properties. The Company’s dual-focused growth strategy primarily relies on leveraging management’s technical and operations expertise to grow through the drill-bit, while also growing its base of non-operating working interests and royalty interests. Breitling Energy's oil and gas operations are focused primarily in the Permian Basin of Texas and the Mississippi oil window of southern Kansas and northern Oklahoma, with non-operating investments in Texas, North Dakota, Oklahoma and Mississippi. Breitling Energy Corporation is traded over the counter under the ticker symbol: BECC. Additional information is available at www.breitlingenergy.com

Thomas Miller, VP of Communications, Breitling Energy, 214-716-2600

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2015 AGIF Texas State Conference in Austin, June 11-14, 2015 – Update
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American GI Forum of Texas, Inc. Report: AUSTIN, Texas – The American GI Forum of Texas Inc. State Conference will be held on June 11-14, 2015 at the Wyndham Garden Hotels, Woodward Conference Center, 3401 South IH-35 in Austin, Texasthe “Live Music Capital of the World.” The State Office, State Commander John Martinez and the State Executive Board will host the conference. Gil Rodriguez has been assigned as the Conference Chair. He has since signed a contract with the Wyndham Garden Hotel, Woodward Conference Center and a Registration fee has been set that will accommodate everyone's budget. Details are below.

The Honorable George P. Bush, Commissioner Texas Land office and Chairman of the Veterans Land Board has confirmed as keynote for our Legends Luncheon on Friday. Others invited are Congressman Llloyd Doggett, Secretary of State Carlos Coscos and the New Chairman of the Senate Committee on Veterans and Military installation, Dr. Donna Campbell.

The State’s fittingly selected theme: Honoring Our State Organization, pays tribute to all the early leaders and members that through their hard work accomplished the recognition and reputation now enjoyed by the AGIF of Texas for serving veterans from the end of WWII to the present.

Austin — the Texas Capitol City was selected by the State Board of Directors to comply with the constitution that a site must be selected if the original site is unable to comply. Austin is located in Central Texas and is accessible to all by car, bus or air. Austin is a metropolitan area and is the 4th largest city in Texas. Austin has plenty of entertainment and interesting places to visit. It’s capitol building has the tallest dome in the nation including the Washington D.C. dome. Austin is also home to the University of Texas one of the Largest Universities in the Country.

Everyone who visits Austin these days leaves with something great to say. They can't stop talking about our legendary live music, burgeoning restaurant scene and unique culture. And a list of other things that you just have to experience for yourself to truly understand what makes Austin so Austin. The rest of the country has already taken notice. And it's time you did, too.

Your stay at the Wyndham Hotel in Austin has just as much personality as the city itself with its western decore and country music admosphere. No matter where you spend the night after a day in the “Live Music Capital of the World,” you’re in for an authentic Austin experience.

At Austin’s downtown, you can enjoy the grandeur of a historic 6th Street or visit the many open air restaurants at along Warehouse District at 4th and  5th Streets. Eclectic boutique accommodations can be found throughout the city, from colorful South Congress Avenue to progressive East Austin. If you prefer to be pampered you can relax at our justifiably famous Hill Country resorts, spas and golf retreats.

Explore your many choices so begin planning your Austin trip today. The American GI Forum Local Chapters are pleased and happy to assist and invite you to enjoy your trip and help us make this 2015 Conference a success.  Below is Information for your convenience and to help you plan your trip. 

Details here provide you with some of the information you need. A complete two day agenda and details of our seminars, workshops, Veterans Benefits important to all veterans and their families is posted on our web site together with Registration, Advertising, and Exhibit forms for downloading. You may also register on-line at website http://www.agiftx.org/ and clicking on the Registration and Hotel links. Chapter commanders will be receiving packages with these forms via the US Postal Service. 

Conference Information
Wyndham Garden Hotel and Woodward Conference Center is 3401 South IH-35 in South Austin. We have made arrangements beginning Thursday, June 11, 2015 and to depart Sunday, June 14, 2015.

Room Rates $103 King Double and have made the cut off date for this rate for May 21, 2015. You can make your individual reservations by calling toll free 1-800-WYNDHAM or direct at 512-448-2444 * 512-443-4208, use File Code: AMERICANGI

A reservation link assires that each guest will have the following Concessions:

  • Complimentary parking for each registered guest
  • Complimentary high-speed wireless Internet
  • Complimentary airport shuttle

On-line Reservation Procedure

Direct your attendees to http://www.wyndham.com/groupevents2014/AUSWC_AMERICANGIFORUM/main.wnt

For any technical issues, please feel free to use our Call-in Reservation Procedure:

Our telephone number for reservations is 1- 800-996-3426. Give the associate your desired dates of stay at our property and ask for the “American GI Forum.” Then guarantee your reservation with a credit card.

Hotel room rates do not include applicable state and local taxes, currently 15%.  Should guest qualify for tax exemption, a valid form will be required at check in.

Reservation Cut Off: Your block at the Hotel will be held at your group rate until 5/21/15

Cancellation: Cancellation of guest rooms are requested by 4pm on day of arrival or will be subject to one night room and tax charge.

Check In/Check Out:

  • Check in time is 3:00pm
  • Check out time is 12:00pm

Rooms that are not vacated by 12:00pm on the day of departure will be subject to a late check out fee.

Driving Directions  Click here

Airport Information


  • Call  (512) 448-2444
  • Tell the Front Desk agent that you have arrived at the airport and you need shuttle service to the hotel.
  • Meet the Hotel’s shuttle van outside the baggage claim area between columns #5 & #6, near the “Hotel Shuttles” sign and waiting area.
  • It will take us 20-30 minutes from the time of your call to arrive.

Drop Off

  • Must sign up 24 hours in advance at the Front Desk
  • Shuttles leave at the top of hour every hour 24/7

Pet Friendly: This hotel has pet friendly rooms on our 1st floor in standard accommodations; there is a fee of $50 per stay/per pet.

Internet: Wired and Wireless throughout the hotel. Meeting space internet needs should be coordinated through your Conference Services Manager.

Shipping: Hotel does not have storage space for crates, pallets or large shipments. Hotel does not have a loading dock available for meeting shipments. Small boxes with materials to be sent to Hotel may arrive no earlier than two (2) days in advance and must be removed from the hotel no more than two (2) days after departure. 

2015 AGIF Texas State Conference


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2014 National Conference Registration & Hotel Info and Forms