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American GI Forum National Conference 2021

American GI Forum of Texas, Inc. Report: AUSTIN, Texas – We counted down the seconds for 2020 to end so we could start a new year fresh and with a better sense of normalcy. Now, however, we are well into 2021, and things have not changed all that much. We still face the reality of in-person events being delayed or cancelled, but we are tired of boring hybrid events and we know that this makes this conference more challenging for attendees while sponsors continue to need more connection points and return on their sponsorship investments. This is why this 2021 Conference has to be in-person and successful. It is up to us to help make this a success by attending and participating.

The 2021 National Conference is set to start Wednesday, August 11 and end on Saturday August 14. The situation regarding the pandemic could be significantly improved by then, but that is not a certainty.

The leadership of AGIF Texas considered that this conference will be able to be safely held during … read more

Welcome to Our New Site in Texas!

American GI Forum of Texas, Inc. Report: AUSTIN, Texas – We’ve launched our new Website for — We have upgraded completely with all of the modern features and functionality, a newer, simple, and helpful way to navigate and get information important to Veterans and their families and about our organization locally, statewide and Nationally.

We are pleased to inform you that you will see many changes from our old site to the new. Additionally, we are implementing new features that will be helpful in finding information, paying fees, making donations and downloading or forwarding articles.

While some of the articles we have posted are new, some that were sent to us before the transition that were unable to post are now posted and may be dated. Please excuse the delays, but we felt, better late than never.

We will continue to welcome articles, photos and information from all states and local chapters … read more

To All  AGIF Members Planning to Attend the AGIF National Conference in August

American GI Forum of Texas, Inc. Report: AUSTIN, Texas Just a short reminder that we continue working at the Texas state office to assure that the AGIF continues its work on the National Conference. This also is a short report on what’s going on In Texas. Although we are going through difficult times we are working keeping up with business. We are in communications with State Commander Ruiz regularly and with other members of the board as the need arises. We’re in communication with sponsors, hotels to make sure that they remain with us.

On Texas news, Governor Greg Abbott recently issued an Executive Order lifting the mask mandate in Texas and increasing capacity of all businesses and facilities in the states … read more

American Gi Forum Beatrice T. Perez Robstown Women’s Chapter

Annual Hispanic Heritage Bus Wrap Ceremony

American GI Forum of Texas, Inc. Report: CORUPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Beatrice T. Perez Robstown Women’s Chapter had their unveiling Ceremonies on Thursday February 11 at 1:00 pm at the Alexia’s Event Center in Corpus Christi, Texas. This yearly event honors Hispanic Leaders from the American GI Forum and the Local Community. Because of bad weather, this year’s event was held indoors. Past National Chairwoman Patsy M. Vazquez Contes was the Mistress of Ceremonies and also one of the event coordinators… read more

Remembering Our Members

Eliazar Salinas June 23, 1934 – December 31, 2020

Eli Eliazar Salinas was born on June 23, 1934 in Tienditas, Texas where he was raised on a small farm. Eliazar first moved to Kingsville, and then finally wound up in Corpus Christi, Texas. It was there he joined the United States Air Force, and actively served during the Korean War from July 1953 to 1957. Eliazar received an Honorable Discharge in June of 1961. After service he began his pursuit in higher education. While in Corpus, he also began employment at Crockett School in 1960 through 1966, teaching Industrial Arts as well as coaching Pee Wee Basketball, Football and Track. As he was putting himself though college, he met his beloved wife, Elida Lopez. They married in 1958. He worked hard for his family while he put himself through college, as did his wife Elida (which was unusual for women to do in this era.) … read more

Erasmo Ortiz June 23, 1946 – January 26, 2021

American GI Forum of Texas, Inc. Report: HOUSTON, Texas – We sadly report the passing of another one of our members from the Houston Lucian Adams Chapter, Mr. Erasmo Ortiz. Ortiz was a Decorated Marine Veteran who served during the Vietnam War. He was a Purple Heart Recipient, received the Combat Action Ribbon, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation and the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal. 

Following high school in Corpus Christi, Erasmo moved to Houston, where he met Apolonia. In 1968 they married. Erasmo joined the United States Marines Corps. during the Vietnam War. Afterwards Erasmo held a long-standing employment career with Wallace Company and Sunbelt Supply Company, where he recently retired … read more

Veterans Benefits News

Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act of 2017

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA) announced that the Federal Register will publish on Jan. 18 regulations accompanying the Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act of 2017 (AMA), which will help Veterans experience a more transparent claims decision-review process.

After publication of the regulations, VA Secretary Robert Wilkie will certify the …
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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 … read more

VA Announces Rollout and Application Process for New Veterans ID Card

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that the application process for the national Veterans Identification Card (VIC) is now available for Veterans — yet another action honoring their service.

This has been mandated through legislation since 2015 to honor Veterans, and today’s rollout of the ID card fulfills that overdue promise.

Only those Veterans with honorable service will be able to apply for the ID card, which will provide proof of military service, … read more