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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.

“I also had the pleasure and a great honor being able to go back home to the city of Brighton and being present during the celebration of a new monument commemorated the Vietnam Veterans who served from that hometown area.

There are 200 names inscribed on the monument and some of these brave men were there for the ceremony. At the center is a special pillar dedicated to those who were killed in action.

“I took a picture with John Navarro from Wattenburg whose name was on the Army pillar. There were many names that I recognized and was proud to have represented the American GI Forum at this celebration.

“I introduced myself to the "Order of Purple Hearts" and spoke to them about the American GI Forum after they asked about the hat I was wearing.

“This is the kind of exposure we need to take advantage of every chance we get. It also gives us a chance to pass out cards and invite them to join

“In remembrance of Memorial Day, thank all of you who served and remember all those who gave their all for a grateful nation.”


Russell Lopez, National Vice Commander
American GI Forum of the U.S.


Celebrating Veterans Day from the Texas Veterans Commission 

We celebrate Veterans Day on the anniversary of the armistice that ended the First World War. After four years of warfare, an armistice was declared and the "war to end all wars" was over on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, the guns went silent. November 11th was initially designated a national day of remembrance as Armistice Day. In 1954 it became Veterans Day to honor all American veterans from all wars, as well as those who served in times of peace. 

As General Colin Powell stated in 1989, "The nation owes a great debt to its military veterans, whose service to the nation spans every decade, every year, every day of our country's existence. Through untold courage and sacrifice, America's veterans have secured the liberty which the founding fathers sought to establish here in the new world. Whenever and wherever the nation has called -- in times of darkness and danger as well as in times of peace and prosperity -- America's veterans have been there. Veterans have proudly carried the torch of liberty for all to see."

Let's make every day Veterans Day. 

Al Cantu, Commission Chairman
James Scott, Commission Vice Chairman 
Jake Ellzey, Commission Secretary 
The Reverend Richard McLeon, Commissioner
Daniel Moran, Commissioner 
Thomas Palladino, Executive Director


2015 Houston Veterans Stand Down at Latino Learning Center

American GI Forum of Texas, Inc. Report: HOUSTON, Texas – In 1993 the VA Medical Center, US Vets and other veteran Service Organizations started the first Stand Down to assist homeless veterans in the Houston area. Since 2009, Former Marine Oskar Gonzalez Yetzirah, has coordinated the all Friday Stand Down at the Emancipation Park.

In 2014 the Emancipation Park was closing down for a 2-year construction face lift. Oskar, desperate in finding another location, was experiencing barriers. One group was charging him thousands of dollars and another first said OK then later changed their mind.

Marcelo Uriegas from the American GI Forum, National Veterans Outreach Program, had spoken with Latino Learning Center Board Chairman John Martinez regarding the dilemma. Without hesitation John told Marcelo to invite Oskar for a tour of the Center to see if it would accommodate his Stand Down needs. Oskar was startled, when he heard that Martinez was not going to charge US Vets anything for the building use.

On October 2, 2015, the Stand Down again had their 80 plus sponsors to service Houston’s homeless veterans at the Latino Learning Center in partnership with US Vets, Veterans Administration Medical Hospital, City of Houston, career Gear, Salvation Army, Elks Lodge 151, Daughters of the American Revolution, Career and Recovery, and American GI Forum where hundreds of veterans received resourceful information on health, immunizations, employment, recruitment, food, and clothes from the many representatives on hand.


20 Restaurants Where Veterans Eat Free on Veterans Day

Starbucks, Hooters, Krispy Kreme, Olive Garden, Friendly's, Chili's IHOP, and TGI Friday's are among the many national restaurant chains celebrating Veterans Day 2014 with freebies for vets and active military (and sometimes their family members as well).

In addition to free food, veterans and active members of the military are being thanked on Veterans Day with free haircuts (at Great Cuts) and free admission to popular attractions (Colonial WilliamsburgHarley-Davidson Museum,Boston Duck Tours, etc.). For that matter, everyone gets free admission tonational parks on Veterans Day.

For a more comprehensive list of military freebies and discounts—some of which are valid beyond just Veterans Day—check out Military.com.

As for Veterans Day food deals, the 20 freebies below are for veterans and active members of the military and generally come with the requirement that the customer is able to produce military ID or shows up in uniform. Unless otherwise stated, the deals are in effect only on Tuesday, November 11.

Applebee's: A choice of seven different meals on the house (beverages and gratuity not included).

Bob Evans: Free all-you-can-eat hotcakes.

California Pizza Kitchen: A free entrée from special menu.

Cheeseburger in Paradise: Free All American Burger and fries.

Chili's: Free meals from a special menu.

Denny's: Free build-your-own Grand Slam Breakfast from 5 a.m. to noon.

Friendly's: Free Big Two Do breakfast or free All American Burger meal for lunch or dinner.

Golden Corral: A "thank you" dinner and fundraiser will take place on Monday, November 17, and veterans and active-duty military are welcomed to a free buffet and beverage from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Handel's Ice Cream: Free single-scoop ice cream cone.

Hooters: Free entrée (up to $10.99 value) with any drink purchase.

IHOP: Free order of Red, White, and Blue pancakes anytime between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.

Krispy Kreme: Free small coffee and a donut.

LaMars Donuts: Free 12 oz. coffee and a donut.

Olive Garden: Free entrée from special menu.

On the Border: Free "create your own combo" meal.

Shoney's: Free All American Burger.

Starbucks: Veterans and active military and their spouses each get a free tall coffee.

TGI Fridays: Free lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Texas Roadhouse: Free lunch from special menu.

Tim Hortons: Free donut, anytime during the day.

For more Veterans Day special coverage, check out MONEY's Military Heroes.