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AGIF 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)

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>

Fort Stockton Mayor and City Manager present at Texas AGIF February Mid-Year 

American GI Forum of TexasIncReportFORT STOCKTONTexas – The American GI Forum (AGIF) Ft. Stockton Chapter hosted our First Texas Mid-Year Conference and Board of Directors’ Meeting February 17-18, 2017 in Ft. Stockton. This was the first meeting for 2017 of the Texas Organization and the first Mid-Year Conference concept.  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 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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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>

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>

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 2016-17

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, 2017. Dues payed begining October 1, 2016 til December 31, 2016 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 Treasurer, Mr. Ernesto L. Montoya at the National Office along with checks, transmittal and charter renewal forms. More>

Recent Updates

The American GI Forum of Texas, Inc. Board of Directors Meeting in October has been eliminated. The Texas State Board of Directors is now scheduled to meet twice a year. Once on the Sunday following the State Conference and the other one scheduled to be in February. The February Board meeting will now be called the State Annual Mid-Year Conference.

Because Texas will be hosting the 70th Annual National Conference next year, the Conference voted to have the February Board Meeting moved to March together with the State Conference. Texas will then celebrate the 70th Anniversary of the birth of the AGIF on March 26, 1948. The Board will meet on Friday March 23 at noon and the State Conference will meet on Saturday as the Official 2018 State Conference. The actual Anniversary date is Monday, March 26.

The National Conference is schedule for July 26-28, 2018 in San Antonio, Texas at the Wyndham Hotel. Updates and information to follow.

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