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

American GI Forum of Texas, Inc. Report: HOUSTON 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. He 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 Barak Obama thanking him for his eight years of service to us, the American people. We all wish him and his family well.

"We Congratulate and welcome our new president Donald J. Trump and his Administration as he begins the task of leading and unifying our Nation. May God give him the strength to guide our Nation successfully through the next four years.

"The American GI Forum will continue to work with Veterans and welcomes the opportunity to join the new administration in helping correct, expand and advance the rights and benefits of all veterans and advance the economic welfare of all citizens in all our communities.

"May God Bless our new President and God Bless America."

John Martinez, Commander,
American GI Forum of Texas, Inc. 

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 be with you all during our State meeting here in San Marcos, Texas. These are some activities that I have been involved with and as always represent you and the State office since our last meeting in Port LaVaca on October 15, 2015.

I have participated and have been helping on many activities since our last meeting. some have involved travel other have been with teleconference and may with calls to many of you and specially our state office. Below are some of my activities:

November 10, 2015, Participated in the Houston Veterans’ Day Parade opening ceremonies.

November 16, Teleconference with NVOP regarding the Strategic and Session Planning for NVOP. 

November 19, Several Lucian Adams members attended the Eastwood Senior Thanksgiving event, a Salute to Veterans Thanksgiving luncheon provided by the San Mutialist Obrera Mexicana and the Awards ceremony for the Houston Coalition for Justice held at the Talente Bilingue de Houston. 

November 21, Attended the Regina Renee Martinez Memorial Foundation and Scholarship Fundraiser. Regina was the Granddaughter of Lucian Adams Member Refugio and Rosa who lost her life in an auto accident at the age of 20. Also, on this same day attended a fundraiser for Veteran Gustavo Gongoria who is fighting a battle with cancer. Gus has assisted me in the kitchen for over 20 years in providing thanksgiving meals for thousands of Houston’s homeless during Thanksgiving.

Also in November attended the festivity in San Marcos with Commander Randy Padillia. also confered with the State Office on pending issues.

December 9, 10, 11, attended the NVOP Board of Director’s meeting and Strategic Planning Session. Mr. Jake Alarid, California and I were honored for our years of service to the NVOP as directors. My tenure as BOD member ended December 31, 2015.

December 18, American GI Forum Lucian Adams Chapter and the staff at Latino Learning Center celebrated Christmas with a banged up party.

January 15, 2016, traveled to Corpus Christi, met CEO Gil Rodriguez and wife Lupe, and met with Legal Adviser Amador Garcia and National Commander Angel Zunica regarding the property on Bright Street and other properties throughout the state. After the meeting, i drove to Rockport and visited with Regional Commander Richard Dominguez and his wife Anita. Richard recently had major surgery and is healing and doing very well.  

January 17, Traveled to Atlanta Georgia to meet Emeritus Former National Commander Antonio Morales to attend the Diversity 2016 Marketplace and met with an array of hotels throughout the USA that are interested in hosting our future conferences.

February 20, Gathering of Eagles Veterans Fundraiser, Ripley House. 

At this San Marcos meeting we will discuss in detail some of these activities and I will answer questions you may have. We will have updates on our conferences, both state and national. The State Office and officers will also be giving a complete reports including the state of our texas organization

Throughout these months the State Office and I have had numerous conversations with various chapters on matters that needed our assistance. We should all thank our State Office for all the help and guidance that they give us that many times goes under-appreciated and under-paid. THANK YOU STATE OFFICE….(GIL AND LUPE.)

Meet and Chair Board Meeting in San Marcos.

Participating in the Naval Veteran Cesar Chavez parade. 

Attending the Upcoming Mid Year in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

John Martinez
Your American GI Forum of Texas, Inc. Commander

AGIF 2015 National Conference Update, Texas Commander’s Message 

American GI Forum of Texas, Inc. Report: HOUSTON, TX – The 67th Annual National Conference of the American GI Forum of the United States held on July 30 – August 1 at Millbrae, California will be remembered as a GREAT Conference hosted by the California State Office.   A BIG THANKS !! to Duane / Gloria Goff, Angelica Tellechea, and the entire hosting committee.  Everything was SATISFACTORY!!

TWENTY-SIX, yes 26, Texas delegates convened in California to assist in getting Commander Angel Zuniga elected as National Commander again for a second term; Jeanie Aleman from Houston, also, was elected for a second term as Women Treasurer; and Jesse Aguilera from Fort Worth was selected as Sgt. Of Arms. Others elections as follow: Vice-National Commander from Colorado, Luis Vasquez Contes; National Secretary from Colorado, Russell Lopez; National Treasurer from Colorado, Ernesto Montoya; National Chair Women from Michigan Felicita Lugo; Vice-Chair Woman from Kansas, Alicia Rodriguez; Women Secretary from Colorado, Kathy Clenin; and National Youth Chair Mercedes Rodriguez

A BIG TEXAS CONGRATULATIONS to LUPE RODRIGUEZ  for being the recipient of  the Business and Professionalism Award during the Women’s Dinner. Other awardees were Marian Martinez from Nebraska awarded the Leadership Award; and Patsy Vasquez Contes from Colorado awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award. Please click here to view more photos.

Overall, the speakers, presenters, special guests, and elections were well taken. Your Texas elected National Commander Angel Zuniga did an excellent job and will do even better in his second term.

THANK YOU to all Texas American GI Forum / Women Chapters that attended. I, as well as most of you all that departed Sunday morning or later driving, faced the 2,000 miles more or less drive home.

Your State office has and will always be here to assist you in any endeavor that you may face. Please contact them. Yet, we have faced many challenges; we have endured another year and look forward to having a better year every year.

John Martinez
Your American GI Forum of Texas, Inc. Commander

From the National Commander
2015 National Conference

American GI Forum of Texas, Inc. Report: CORPUS CHRISTI, TX – I wholeheartedly extend a big THANK YOU to all that attended, sponsored and supported the 67th American GI Forum of the US National Conference in Milbrae, CA. This year’s themes were Civil Rights in the 21st Century and Bridging the Digital Divide. The conference was jam packed with workshops for veterans and cyber-enthusiasts of all ages.

Workshops held during the three day conference were “Helmets to Hardhats”, “What is a Makerspace?”, “Growing and Managing Your Chapter Through Social Media”, “How to Start Your Own JROTC” and “The Importance of Growing Your Organization on a Local Level”.

Special thanks to our government friends Barbara Ward and Dwayne Campbell from the Department of Veterans Affairs, Lawrence Romo, Selective Service System and Maria Elena Lemus, Social Security Administration. 

The conference success can also be attributed to our sponsors, keynote speakers, Emcees and other contributing participants. Thank you Senator Richard Polanco (Ret), Peter Villegas VP Latin Affairs with The Coca Cola Company, Angel Carrera, Chief Certification and Outreach, Dept of General Services, State of California, Cynthia Moreno, Journalist, McClatchy Newspapers, Vida en el Valle, NY Times Fellow,
Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez, Anna Caballero, Secretary for Business, Consumer Affairs and Housing Agency, State of California and Roy Jasso,
Wells Fargo Bank.

Thanks also to AGIF-National Veterans Outreach Program, AGIF of California, Wal-Mart, Southwest Airlines, Sonima Foundation, DGS General Services, CS Bio Co, and Calsa.

Finally, thanks to our committee chairs Angelica Tellechea, Lupe Rodriguez, Marian Martinez, Patsy Vazquez-Contes, Dottie Bruton, Albert Gonzales, Jesse Aguilera and Jake Alarid for all their assistance to ensure a successful and smooth running conference.

National Commander

 2015 National Conference - Milbrae, California