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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>

Ceasar Ruiz Elected State Commander
Texas AGIF Celebrates 70th Anniversary at Annual Conference in Austin

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)

Past National Commander Tony E. Gallegos Passed Away

American GI Forum of Texas, Inc Report: ORANGE, CA – Our Deepest Condolences to the Gallegos Family on the passing of past National Commander and former EEOC Commissioner, Tony Gallegos. He passed away on Wednesday May 9, 2018.  His daughter, Lorrie informs us that the Funeral will be private, however, the funeral Mass will be on Tuesday, May 15, 2018 at Holly Family Church in Orange, CA..  We ask that you pass the information to your chapter and GI Forum members. Tony Gallegos was a member of the Pico Rivera Chapter. He served as local commander, State Commander of California and later became National Commander. For those that did not know Tony, we have posted his obituary as is appeared in Orange, California. 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>

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

2017 State Conference & Photos

 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

Past Events & Schedules
American GI Forum News

2018 AGIF National Veterans Day Reception in Washington D.C. Update

American GI Forum of Texas Inc: WASHINGTON, D.C. – The 2018 National Veterans Day Reception in Washington D.C. is being hosted this year by the American GI Forum of the U.S. It is  headed by Mr. Ernesto Hernandez, Commander, Washington D.C. and D.C. member Ms. Monica Valdiviez-Wiley.

They have been working with the American Red Cross which will be providing the venue pro bono. They have also secured 100 rooms from Friday, November 9 thru Monday, November 12. Rates are: $129 single and double. The Pentagon Sheraton Hotel. Please make reservations early if you plan to attend. There is shuttle service from the Hotel to the Cemetery and to the Red Cross Facilities. More>   Reception>

Updates on AGIF Mid-Year Conference in Las Vegas, April 22-24, 2018

American GI Forum of Texas, Inc. Report: AUSTIN, Texas – The 2018 National Mid-Year Conference originally scheduled to be in Reno Nevada, was moved to Sunday, April 22 thru Tuesday, April 24, 2018 in Las Vegas at Boulder Station 4111 Boulder Hwy, Las Vegas Nevada. The move had very little effect on attendance as it showed good representation of the national membership.

Commander Angel Zuniga called the meeting to order at 9:00 am on Monday Aril 23, 2018. More>

Aftermath of Hurricane Harvey
State CEO Gil Rodriguez and Lupe Rodriguez Visit with Richard and Anita Dominguez in Rockport

American GI Forum of Texas, Inc. Report: AUSTIN, Texas – Gil and Lupe Rodriguez Recently visited Rockport to assess damages caused by Hurricane Harvey. Chapter Commander Richard Dominguez and his wife Anita met and discussed the damage and how recovery has been slow in coming. The hall is now in full operation and the Dominguez’ resident received some major repairs, but it looked really good. 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

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

The National Conference is schedule for July 26-28, 2018 in San Antonio, Texas at the Wyndham Hotel. Follow updates and information on this site

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