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UPDATE! From the State Office
New Location for Fall Board of Directors Meeting Scheduled for Saturday, Oct 22, 2016 in Del Rio, Texas 

American GI Forum of Texas, Inc. Report: DEL RIO, Texas – This is an update on the September 29, 2015 Memo for mailed to the American GI Forum of Texas, Inc. The Fall Board of Directors meeting for scheduled for Saturday, October 22, 2016 in Del Rio, Texas has been moved to a new location. AGIF Clubhouse located at 411 Morin Street, Del Rio, Texas is under repairs so the meeting had to be moved to the San Felipe Exes Memorial Hall at 339 Mendez St. on the corner of W. Garza St. More>

S.A. Miguel Hernandez Chapter presents Henry B. Gonzalez Elementry School $1,000 Donation 

American GI Forum of Texas, Inc. Report: SAN ANTONIO, Texas – On Sept 1st the Miguel Hernandez Chapter presented a $1000.00 check to Henry B. Gonzalez Elementary from the Edgewood School District. The check was presented to School Principal Mario Goss. In attendance at the presentation were the  district director of curriculum, and the district public relations officer. The check was presented before one of the school's 5th grade classes. More>

Annual Houston Fiestas Patrias Breakfast to Honor Hispanic of the Year September 8
Parade Saturday, September 17, 2016

American GI Forum of Texas, Inc. Report: Houston, Texas–This is the 48th Annual Fiestas Patrias Distinguished Hispanic Award that was established to honor the individuals who have made substantial contributions for the progress of the Hispanic community. This effort was undertaken to recognize and thank these individuals for their initiative and sacrifices. Most importantly, it is to instill community pride and highlight the recipients as role models for our youth. Fiestas Patrias is the only primer organization that has established this meritorious award to Hispanics. More>

The American GI Forum Urges Texas State Board of Education to Reject Textbook on Mexican Heritage

American GI Forum of Texas Inc. Report: (Houston Texas) The American GI Forum (AGIF), Lucian Adams Chapter, vehemently urges the Texas State Board of Education to reject the textbook "Mexican American Heritage," that is considered for use during the 2017 school year.

We base our disgust on the current wording of this book that portrays the Mexican American community in a negative manner and its content does not reflect this community’s social, political, and artistic contributions to the U.S. More> 

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

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Beatrice T. Perez Women’s Chapter Inaugural Hispanic Heritage Essay & Awards

American GI Forum of Texas, Inc. Report: ROBSTOWN, Texas – In Celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, the American GI Forum Robstown Beatrice T. Perez (BTP) Women’s Chapter awarded 10 Galaxy Tablets & 6 Laptops to students essay winners on the topic of the American GI Forum  Motto: “Education is Our Freedom and  Freedom Should be Everybody’s Business!”

 The AGIF (BTP) Inaugural Hispanic Heritage Essay Contest Ceremony 
Each selected school was asked to form it's own committee and select the student participants. The selected students were asked to write an essay about the AGIF of the US and or its Motto.. More> Photos> 

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>
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 Corpus Christi Regional Transportation Authority and American GI Forum Unveil Hispanic Heritage Month Bus  

American GI Forum of Texas, Inc. Report: CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – The Corpus Christi Regional Transportation Authority (CCRTA) along with the American GI Forum (AGIF) will unveil a bus celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month on September 20 at 10 a.m.

National Hispanic Heritage Month is from September 15 to October 15.Hispanic Heritage Month helps to recognize the contributions of Hispanic and Latino Americans, and celebrate the Hispanic heritage and culture. Read More and View Bus Wrap

In Memory of Rey Candia, a Beloved GI Forum Member

The American GI Forum of Texas, Inc. Report: La Feria, TX – The GI Forum sadly reports to its members the passing of one of its leaders. Mr. Reynaldo Candia -72, Corporal in the U.S. Army 1963-65 Passed away peacefully at Valley Medical Center on Oct. 11, 2016, surrounded by his loving family. He was born on Oct. 26, 1943, fourth of ten children to the late Amparo M. Ivarra and Dario Candia in Edinburg, TX. More>

McAllen Chaper joins City of San Benito to Honor Vietnam Era Veterans!

American GI Forum of Texas, Inc. Report: San Benito, Texas – Command Del Cruz, Mc Allen Chapter has informed us that the McAllen Chapter and other community organizers in the Rio Grande Valley will be honoring, thanking and welcoming home with a Special Tribute Ceremony all Vietnam Era Veterans from South Texas. This event is in accordance with Public Law k110-181 SEC. 598; the 2008 National Defense Authorization Act. More>

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

McCain Honors Dominguez
A Letter of Appreciation from a Distinguised Member of the U.S. Senate to a Very Deserving AGIF Member!

American GI Forum of Texas, Inc. Report: ROCKPORT, Texas – It’s not every day that a member gets a letter from a siting Senator. Mr. Richard Dominguez, Coastal Region I Commander recently received a letter from Arizona U.S. Senator John McCain in acknowledgement for the many years of work and services that he has provided for many Veterans. Richard is a good example of the many veterans in our volunteer organization. Read More>  See Letter

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 

NVOP Receives Donation from Briggs Equipment to Refurbish Key Areas of NVOP Residential Center for Homeless Veterans

American GI Forum NVOP Report: SAN ANTONIO, Texas – Briggs Equipment Donates $29,827 to American GI Forum National Veterans Outreach Program to Transform Residential Center for Homeless Veterans San Antonio, Texas – On Thursday, August 11, the American GI Forum National Veterans Outreach Program (NVOP) and Briggs Equipment announced a donation of $29,827 from Briggs Equipment to refurbish key areas in the NVOP’s Residential Center for Homeless Veterans (RCV). More>

National Commander Update:
New Information from the National Office for 2016 

American GI Forum of the U.S.:Pueblo, CO – This is a reminder that dues and assessments for Charter Charters are due by January 31, 2016. 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>

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>

State Commander Vazquez Contes:
AGIF National Mid-year Update: Conference Date moved to March 31-April 2, 2016 

American GI Forum of Texas Report: Colorado Springs, CO–The American GI Forum of the U.S and the American GI Forum of Colorado would like to inform you on the latest development on our 2016 National Midyear Conference being held in Colorado. Because of Holy Week and Easter Sunday, the dates for the Conference dates have been moved to March 31-April 2, 2016. The Hotel has extended its special rates until January 10, 2016 and the Reduced Registration for delegates has also been extended to the same date. With the Exception of the new dates, all else remains the same. More>

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