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MALDEF Sues to End “Whites Only” Cemetery in Texas
Seeks Court Order to Halt Exclusion of Mexican Americans

American GI Forum of Texas, Inc. Report: CORPUS CHRISTI, TX (May 29, 2016)— Today, MALDEF filed a lawsuit in a Texas federal court against the Normanna Cemetery Association and its caretaker for maintaining a policy of burying only Anglos in the San Domingo Cemetery, in violation of state and federal prohibitions on race and national origin discrimination.  MALDEF filed the lawsuit on behalf of the American G.I. Forum of Texas, Inc. a non-profit membership organization that serves and advocates on behalf of Latino military veterans throughout the State of Texas. Read More>

Dr. C.P. Garcia, Last Remaining Brother to AGIF Founder Dr. Hector P. Garcia, Dies

AGIF San Antonio, Texas -- Dr. C.P. Garcia, who was the last living brother of the American GI Forum Founder, Dr. Hector P. Garcia, died Sunday night April 24th in a San Antonio hospital.

The 92-year-old medical doctor died of complications from a heart attack suffered about six weeks ago. Days after he was discharged he began experiencing more difficulties and was readmitted on Saturday. Not abel to recover from this setback, he passed away on Sunday. Read More>

2016 State Conference Set in San Marcos

American GI Forum of Texas, Inc. Report: San Marcos, Texas – The San Marcos Chapter of the American GI Forum of Texas 2016 Conference has chosen the Theme of "Equality + Education = Empowerment." Commander Randy Padilla and his committee have indicated that the New Holiday Inn in San Marcos will be hosting the American GI Forum as its initial Conference. Read 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>

Ulysses Kansas, National Conference Hosts Invite You to the AGIF 2016 Conference in Kansas City, Missouri 

American GI Forum of Texas, Inc. Report: Ulysses, Kansas – The 2016 National Conference in Kansas City, Missouri, "The City of Fountains", is schedule for July 27-30, 2016. Mrs. Barbara Olivas, the Conference Chair has provided us with the information posted on this site for your convenience. You can also download a registration for by clicking here. You will note that the conference will be on the Missouri side of Kansas City where there is more activities for members attending. More>

 AGIF 2015-16 National Executive Board

 67th AGIF-US National Conference in Milbrae, CA. 

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National Commander Angel Zuniga Request Help Locating Veteran's Family

American GI Forum of Texas, Inc. Report: Corpus Christi, Texas –  and the American GI Forum of the US on behalf of Mr. Lucio Jimenez, Jr., Disabled Veteran, 1Bn 4th Marines, 3rd Marine Div Alpha Co, Vietnam Veteran 6-1967 to 6-1968 requests your assistance in locating the family of LCpl Rolando Hernandez from Corpus Christi, TX. Mr. Jimenez can be reached 503 997 9853 or contact Angel Zuniga, National Commander, AGIF-US at 361-563-9353. All information is highly appreciated. More>

2015 Fiestas Patrias Honors AGIF Commander Martinez with Distinguished Hispanic Award 

American GI Forum of Texas, Inc. Report: HOUSTON, Texas – Each year, National Hispanic Heritage Month is observed from September 15 – October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of Hispanic Americans whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.

September 15 is the anniversary of Independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. More> 

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> 

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The National Society of Collegiate Scholars Welcomes Ms. Monica Karina Herrera as a New Member

American GI Forum of Texas, Inc. Report: AUSTIN, Texas – Monica Karina Herrera of Austin, Texas has accepted membership in The National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS). Monica graduated as valedictorian from the Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders in Austin, TexasShe is presently studying neuroscience at Johns Hopkins UniversityMore>

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The Lucian Adams Chapter, American GI Forum, Express Deepest Condolences Regarding Death of Member Richard G. Perez

By State Commander John Martinez 

American GI Forum of Texas, Inc. Report: Houston, Texas -- April 29, 2016 The death of Richard G. Perez is remembered today by the Lucian Adams Chapter, American GI Forum, and we express our deepest condolences to his beloved family and friends. Nuestros pesames! Read More>

NVOP Update: Veterans Serving Veterans Since 1972 

American GI Forum of Texas, Inc. Report: SAN ANTONIO, Texas -- 2016 has been a productive year so far for the American GI Forum National Veterans Outreach Program (NVOP). We have been working tirelessly over the last few months to find sustainable housing for homeless veterans and provide them the necessary wrap-around services to get them back on their feet.

Thanks to USAA's incredible support, I am thrilled to report that we are closer than ever to ending veteran homelessness in San Antonio. As our partners and supporters, everything you do to support NVOP helps change the lives of the veterans we serve every day. More>

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. More>

American GI Forum Report:
Women Could be Required to Register for Military Draft
By Tia Rinehart – Staff infoZine 

Now that women are approved for all military combat roles, the question follows: Will women be required to register with the Selective Service System?

Washington, DC - infoZine - Scripps Howard Foundation Wire - Right now, all U.S. male citizens and immigrants, documented or undocumented, ages 18 to 25, are required by law to register with the SSS. Lawrence Romo, director of the Selective Service System, said Friday at the National Press Club that he thinks there is a 50-50 chance Congress will pass a law requiring women to register as well. 

“While the Secretary of Defense recently opened all military combat jobs to qualified women, there has been no change to the Military Selective Service Act, requiring them to register or be subject to a military service draft,” he said. More>

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>

The Crisis in Flint

American GI Forum of Texas, Inc. Report: Angel Zuniga, our National Commander brings this drinking water problem to the attention of the membership to make all members throught out the nation aware of the problems some of our Michigan members are going through. To those that live in or around Flint, Michigan, please be aware that the American GI Forum is doing what it can to bring awareness to this problem so that it does not happen in other parts of our country. More>

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>

State Board of Directors Met in Port Lavaca Oct. 17.

The American GI Forum of Texas, Inc. First Board of Directors meeting was held Saturday, October 17, 2015 in Port Lavaca, Texas The American GI Forum of Port Lavaca Justo ‘Howdy’ Leal Chapter hosted the meeting held at the GI Forum Hall in Port Lavaca.  Most of the attendees stay at La Quinta Hotel on 910 Hwy 35N.  The meeting as usual had good attendance and the business of the organization was conducted. MORE>


AGIF 2015 National Conference Update, Texas Commander’s Message
Texas Forumeers, Women Youth, Family, and Friends, Greetings!!

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!! More> Photos> 

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