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Cmdr Martinez: Donald J. Trump Sworn in as U.S. President 

American GI Forum of Texas, Inc. ReportHOUSTON Texas – State Commander John Martinez and the Board of Directors  join AGIF members as Donald J. Trump was sworn in as the 45thpresident of the United States of America on the west front of the U.S. Capitol in wishing him well. Commander Martinez offered the follwoing statement:

“This afternoon, our nation witnessed the most miraculous part of our system of government – the peaceful transfer of power. We have, once again, witnessed that our American way of Life is more powerful than all our differences. The American GI Forum of Texas Board of Directors and its members congratulate our new president, Donald J. Trump and say farewell to President Barack Obama thanking him for his eight years of service to us, the American people. We all wish him and his family well. Read More>


Texas AGIF Mid-Year Conference and Board of Directors Meeting in Ft. Stockton, February 17-18, 2017

American GI Forum of Texas, Inc. Report: AUSTIN, Texas – The American GI Forum (AGIF) Ft. Stockton Chapter will host our First Texas Mid-Year Conference and Board of Directors’ Meeting February 17-18, 2017 in Ft. Stockton. This is the first meeting for 2017 of the Texas Organization and the first Mid-Year Conference concept.

At the Board of Directors Meeting in October it was decided that the State will now have two Scheduled Board Meetings a year. One will be on the Sunday following the State Conference and the other done will be in February and will become known as the AGIF TX Annual Mid-Year Conference. Read More>


Morales: Mid-Year Conference Set for March 23-25, 2017 in San Antonio, Texas

American GI Forum of Texas Inc. Report: FORT WORTH, TX –The Tarrant County Chapter will host the 2017 National Midyear Conference in San Antonio Texas on March 23-25, 2017 at the DoubleTree by Hilton San Antonio Downtown located at 502 W. Cesar Chavez Blvd. Antonio Gil Morales, Tarrant County Chapter is the Conference Chair.

This modern hotel is a 1-minute drive from Interstates 10 and 35, and a mile walk from the San Antonio River Walk. More>


69th Annual Texas State Conference to be June 8-10, 2017 in Houston, Texas

American GI Forum of Texas, Inc. Report: AUSTIN, Texas – The American GI Forum Houston Lucian Adams Chapter and the Greater Houston Women’s chapter will be host our 69th Annual Texas State Conference at the Hilton Garden Inn Hotel, 7979 Willow Chase Blvd, Houston, Texas starting on Thursday June 8th thru Saturday June 10th. Lucian Adams Commander, Jesse Medel and his committee have been planning this conference for almost a year. Read More>


From the Texas State Office–
Report on Fall Board of Directors Meeting Saturday, in Del Rio, Texas 

American GI Forum of Texas, Inc. Report: DEL RIO, Texas – The State Board of Director met on October 22, 2016 in Del Rio at the San Felipe Exes Memorial Hall to discuss the 2016-17 Budget, Important issues within the Organization, changes in meetings, and on the upcoming Texas Legislative Session in January 2017. More> Photos>


Texas to Provide Grants for Veterans Coping with Mental Health Issues

American GI Forum of Texas, Inc. Report: AUSTIN, Texas – Texas Health and Human Services executive commissioner Charles Smith announced that Texas has approved up to $10 million in grants to help Texas veterans and their families manage mental health issues. Fourteen community groups across the state will receive the grants.

“We need to take care of veterans, who put their lives on the line to protect our freedoms,” Smith said. “This grant program offers innovative ways to address the mental health needs of our veterans and their families. We must do whatever it takes to help these Texas heroes.” More>


Beatrice Perez Chapter Awards Laptops, Tablets at Hispanic Heritage Month Essay Contest Events

American GI Forum of Texas, Inc. Report: ROBSTOWN, Texas — The American G.I. Forum was founded in 1948 to help Mexican-American Veterans to fight discrimination by stressing the importance of a good education for themselves and their children.

Chairwoman Leslie Cristan and the Beatrice T. Perez Robstown Women's Chapter Thursday, kept that legacy alive by giving away tablets and laptops to Corpus Christi and Robstown schools. Read More>  Event Photos>


MALDEF/AGIF 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.  Read More>


John Aleman, Lucian Adams Chapter recovering from surgery
–Gil Rodriguez

American GI Forum of Texas Inc. Report: Houston Texas – John Aleman, long-time Forumeer and co-founder of the Houston Lucian Adams Chapter and also a founding member of the Latino Learning Center in Houston is recovering from Knee surgery. He is at the VA Hospital in Houston and has been undergoing therapy during his recovery. Lupe and I, with State Commander Martinez and Grace Hansen visited with John and Jeanie recently while we were on our Vacation. We were happy to have been able to spend some time with him and his wife Jeanie, who is always at his side. More>


 NEW! AGIF 2016-17 National Executive Board

 68th AGIF-US National Conference in Kansas City Missouri


2016-2017 State Executive Board Members

2016 State Conference,
San Marcos, Texas

News From Around Our State


Beatrice Perez Annual Veterans and Youth Education & Technology Ceremony

American GI Forum of Texas, Inc. Report: Robstown, Texas – Since 1996, the Beatrice T Perez Robstown Women’s Chapter has been able to give back to the neighboring communities to continue to promote the American GI Forum motto, “Education is our Freedom and Freedom Should be Everybody’s Business!” More> Event Photos> 
 

2016 National Conference in Kansas City, Missouri is History

American GI Forum of Texas, Inc. Report: (KANSAS CITY MISSOURI) – The National Conference in Kansas City, Missouri hosted by the American GI Forum (AGIF) Ulysses Chapter with Mrs. Barbara Olivas as Chair of the Conference is now part of AGIF History.

The 3-day event begin on Thursday, July 27, 2016 with the Annual Meetings of the Hispanic Education Foundation (HEF), the National Veterans Outreach Program (NVOP)and a Veterans Workshop, a Luncheon hosted by the NVOP with Executive Vice President Yolanda Suarez as the speaker and concluding with a casino outing that evening. Read More>  See Photos

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Texas 85th Legislature Began January 10

American GI Forum of Texas, Inc. Report: AUSTIN, Texas – The 85th legislative session convened on January 10, 2017. Part of the role Texas AGIF Legislative Committee in Austin is to monitor legislation that may impact veterans across the state. During the legislative session we serve as advocates for Veterans Services, Education and Housing issues as well as serving as a resource to legislators and their staff.

The American GI Forum of Texas, Inc. (AGIF) Legislative Committee is present at the State Capitol to provide expert testimony at hearings on bills that effect our community in a number of legislative committees throughout the process. Of special interest to us will be Tax Reform as it applies to property values and appraisals. Another is Tax Credits for Veteran Specific projects.  Read More> 


Ángel Zúñiga, National Commander Represents AGIF
Washington DC 2016 Veterans Day Ceremony 

American GI Forum of Texas, Inc. Report: Washington, D.C. – Veterans Day Ceremony in Washington, DC is traditionally well represented by The American GI Forum. This year’s solemn celebration was no exception. Ángel Zúñiga, National Commander along with Felicita Lugo, National Chairwoman, Lupe Saldana, Past National Chairman, Librado Herrera, Past Youth Chair, Rebecca Lugo, Michigan State Chairwoman, Miguel Lugo, member Detroit Chapter, John Lira, member Washington DC Chapter and Dalia Moore, Corpus Christi attended the Ceremonies. Read More> 


Pinning Ceremony Honors Corpus Christi Area Vietnam Veterans

American GI Forum of Texas, Inc. Report: CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – The American GI Forum of the U.S. hosted a ceremony on Saturday morning October 15, 2016, to commemorate Vietnam War veterans. National Commander Angel Zuniga assisted by Past National Commander Luis Vazquez Contes performed the pinning ceremony to Welcome Home and Honor Vietnam Era Veterans on the 50th anniversary of that war.

The American GI Forum has performed several Pinning ceremonies throughout the State and the Nation as part of the national observation of the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War. Zuniga pinned several Forum members at a similar ceremony at the State Conference in San Marcos last June. Read More> Photos>


Funk to Take Over as III Corps and Fort Hood Commander
By David A. Bryant -- Fort Hood Herald

American GI Forum of Texas, Inc. Report: FORT HOOD, Texas – A familiar name has been assigned to be the next III Corps and Fort Hood commander

Maj. Gen. Paul E. Funk II is a Fort Hood native and the son of retired Lt. Gen. Paul “Butch” Funk, who led III Corps and Fort Hood in the mid-1990s.

The Army announced recently that Funk will soon be promoted to lieutenant general and will replace Lt. Gen. Sean MacFarland, who took command of III Corps and Fort Hood on Aug. 8, 2014. More>


Tribute to Vietnam War Veterans from the Texas Veterans Commission

As we observe the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War, we pay tribute to the more than three million servicemen and women who served their country with honor and dedication during the conflict.

Through more than a decade of combat, this generation of Americans performed their military duties with the utmost valor and professionalism, upholding the highest traditions of our armed forces. Read More>


Casa Trevino Celebrates 30th Anniversary—Tony and Guillerma Morales Honored

American GI Forum of Texas, Inc. Report: DALLAS, Texas – Casa Trevino, an American GI Forum Housing for senior citizens celebrated its 30th Anniversary of serving Dallas area seniors. Robert Ramirez Dallas Commander and the Dallas Forum with Chairwoman Linda Ramirez (also Manages Casa Trevino) and the Dallas Women’s Chapter served a luncheon to celebrate the occasion. 

Casa Trevino (American G.I. Forum Housing Inc.)  celebrated their 30th Anniversary on October 28, 2016. The celebration took place at their location at 1901 W. Davis Street, Dallas Texas 75208.  Read More> Photos>


Myrna Chavarria, Miguel Hernandez Commander is Now 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. Read More>


Celebrating its Sixtieth Anniversary, AGIF of California

American GI Forum of Texas, Inc. Report: WHITTIER, California – The American GI Forum of California will be celebrating it 60th birthday. The date for the 60th anniversary celebration of the American GI Forum of California has been scheduled. The event will be hosted by El Camino Real Chapter. We would lilke to invite as many State Chairmen, Commanders, and Chairwomen that have served our State. We will also remember those who are no longer with us. If you will have information and would like to share it withs or know people that do, please pass this request for information to all members of the AGIF. Read More>


San Felipe Del Rio Women's Annual Scholarship Fundraiser

American GI Forum of Texas, Inc. Report: DEL RIO, Texas – San Felipe Del Rio American GI Forum Women's Chapter recently celebrated their Annual Fundraiser for scholarships - This Concession Event was held Sunday, July 17, 2016. The event (see Photos) was designed to help young ladies participate in a contest to raise money for Scholarships. The event was very successful making it possible for our local youth to participate in the scholarship program by submitting or applying for grants next fall. More/Photos 


2016 Mid-Year Conference Successes: Pueblo Installs New Youth Group
"Honorning our Generation of Veterans and Educating our Military Families for a Promising Future"

American GI Forum of Texas Inc. Report: Colorado Spring, CO – The 2016 American GI Forum National Mid-Year Conference (AGIF) was hosted in Colorado Springs,Colorado on March 31- May 2, 2016. The conference kick off with a VA Workshop hosted by the Department of Veterans Affairs from D.C. and the State of Colorado.

The VA provided the membership with value information to serve their prospective veterans community across the country. More>   Photos>


Past AGIF State Chairman Pete Chapa, San Angelo Chapter Died January 2

American GI Forum of Texas Inc. Report: AUSTIN, Texas – It is unfortunate that the New Year sometimes brings us sad news.  I regrettably inform you that one of our long-time Forumeers has passed. Former American GI Forum of Texas State Chairman, Mr. Pete O. Chapa from San Angelo passed away Monday, January 2 after having been in ill health for some time.

Chapa had been under hospice care in recent weeks. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Margie, and their four children: Peter, 58, Robin, 53, Cathy, 52 and Gina, 49.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 6, in the Johnson's Funeral Home Chapel. Visitation will be 5-8 p.m. Thursday at Johnson's Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Johnson's Lawnhaven Memorial Gardens. Read More>

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