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Commander's Update

Wishing all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

American GI Forum of Texas, Inc. Report: AUSTIN, Texas – From the State Office: The holiday season is a wonderful time for us to remember families and friends and those who make our jobs a pleasure all year long. The successes of American GI Forum of Texas, Inc. would not be possible without your continued support.

We would like to take this moment to say thank you and send our best wishes to you and your families.  

May your Holidays be truly Blessed; Let us enjoy and be thankful for our many blessings, our familes, friends and for all we have been able to accomplish. Below is a brief message from commander Martinez who is recovering from a stroke suffered a couple of months ago.

From Commander Matinez, “Merry Christamas -- Growing up in Texas during the Fifties that is how we would  greet each other during this season of Christmas. Now, it’s Happy Holidays -- Happy Hanukah, Happy Kwanza, Felizidades con Los Tres Reyes and others. I am OK with that, but to me “MERRY CHRISTMAS” sounds much better and when we state it this way we keep the Spirit of Christmas, we keep with the Spirit of Christ and the Christ Spirit is the Christmas Spirit.” Because of the setback I had a couple of month ago, I am especially grateful and thankful this season for my continue recovery and I thank all of you for your prayers and good wishes. 

So, MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR to all of our American GI Forum Families and Friends. May the joy of the Christmas Holiday Season and the New Year be also filled with joy, happiness and success.  We look forward to working together for a better year for all of us. Please be safe, enjoy your family and friends and remember to keep Christ during this season.

The Best of the Holidays’ Spirit,
John Martinez, State Commander
American GI Forum of Texas, Inc. 

Gil Rodriguez, CEO
American GI Forum of Texas, Inc




Commander's Update
Texas Commander John Martinez D
oing Well
By Gil Rodriguez

American GI Forum of Texas, Inc. Report: HOUSTON, Texas – I am now able to report briefly on the Condition of Commander John Martinez who suffered a stroke last month and was hospitalized for treatment and observation. I am also pleased to report that he was released after a brief hospital stay and is recovering well at home. Due to his familys' wishes, we were unable to report on this sooner. Although his desire is to be back to being active, his doctors and family insists that he remain out of action and get plenty of rest. He is presently undergoing some physical therapy.

John was hospitalized for a couple of weeks after this unfortunate incident. The treatment and his strong will made for a quick recovery. His family and close friends also helped. John, Jeanie Aleman have visited with him often and I have spoken with him as frequently as I am able to. He is and was always in great spirits. He of course is very eager to be back on his feet.

If all goes well, he expects to be 100% soon. In the meantime, we will do our best to help him keep his mind off his AGIF work. He is doing very well and we will keep everyone updated on his condition.

Although John has indicated that he would welcome visitors as soon as he feels more comfortable. His family, however, respectfully requests that we refrain from calling him too often or from trying to visit him now. Cards and letters are always welcome. He is doing well and we will keep you updated on his condition. He and his family send thanks for your help, thoughts and prayers and for honoring their considerations.

He insistently has asked that he be kept abreast of affairs in relation to AGIF progress with our up-coming events. John has been able to communicate with us with his smart phone but is not quite ready to navigate from his computer. Below is a short update we received from John Aleman:

“Good news, Commander Martinez is now at home.  He is gets around well and he does not need a caretaker in the daytime. . .  He calls me on my cell phone number so he has no trouble with memory.  We talked frequently but briefly and he expressed an optimism that he didn't have before. . .  I know you are anxious to contact him, but he is not ready for visitors, phone calls or emails. I make sure to tell him about the calls and the emails I get asking about him. As I see improvements, I will urge him to communicate with you as soon as he is able.  His is not yet able to email or texts. . . I gave him a hand salute last week and he was able to return my salute somewhat painfully but he did it. Thanks for all of your kindness and let’s keep praying for him and other members that are going thru health issues.”

We are always struck by his deeply felt commitment of helping the AGIF stay ahead and to seek more opportunities to help. He takes very seriously what it means to serve. 

As for Lupe and I, personally, John is a dear friend whose thoughtfulness we cherish. I know these sentiments are shared by many of you. On behalf of the American GI Forum, let’s thank John for his hard work and his desire for continuing services and ask others to join us and pray for his quick recovery.”

For information on Commander Martinez status please call or email the state office.