The Cost of Wars Should Include Health Treatment for Returning Vets
By Jake Alarid, Past AGIF National Commander
American GI Forum of Texas, Inc Report: America has seen millions of its young men and women go to war all over the world. They come home to their loved ones, sometimes greeted by parades pomp and ceremonies, and some have come home to a hostile environment. Some have come home with physical disabilities and some have come home with other types of disabilities. More>
The History of "ROLL CALL"
By Alfred Lugo
American GI Forum of Texas, Inc. Report: I am Alfred Lugo, retired and have been involved with seven veteran organizations and have produced many television documentaries and live programs recognizing the contributions and sacrifices of Latino veterans who fought courageously in all conflicts for our United States of America.
In 1980, I realized the lack of positive Latino images in television, theater and the movies. I then began writing my first documentary, “The Men of Company E.” More>
Texas State Commander Report:
American GI Forum 2014 National Conference Elects New Leaders
American GI Forum of Texas, Inc. Report: On July 31 –August 2, 2014, the Austin Women's Chapter, and the American GI Forum of Texas, Inc.hosted the 66th Annual American GI Forum of the U.S. National Conference in the beautiful Alamo City of San Antonio, Texas. Angel Zuniga, Corpus Christi, Texas and Alicia Rodriguez, Ulysses Kansas were elected to lead the Forum and the Women. National Youth Chair Stephanie Lefthand was reelected for a third term. National Conference Committee Chair Lupe Rodriguez and Co-Chair Gil Rodriguez along with their committees coordinated a fantastic conference. Read More>
T-Span covered the Conference Wounded Warrior Luncheon and Commanders Banquet. Please view photos here of those two events on their Facebook Page.
2015 National Mid-Year Conference Scheduled for March in Fort Worth
American GI Forum of Texas, Inc. Report: FORT WORTH, Texas – The American GI Forum of the U.S. Midyear Conference will be held on March 18-22, 2015 in Fort Worth, Texas, “Where the West Begins.” Conference headquarters will be at Radisson Hotel Fort Worth Fossil Creek, 2540 Meacham Boulevard. Fort Worth, Texas 76106. Antonio Gil Morales, Conference Chair, has signed a contract with the Raddison Hotel and his committee has set a Registration fee that will accomdate everyone's budget. More>
National Leaders Lay Plans for the Future
Zuniga, Rodriguez Elected to Head AGIF National
American GI Forum of Texas, Inc. Report: CORPUS CHRISTI, TX - The American G.I. Forum selected Ángel Zúñiga, as National Commander. Zuniga, a Robstown native and former vice commander, was elected at the Forum’s 66th annual national conference in San Antonio. He is a member of the Richard Rocco Sr. Chapter in Corpus Christi. He was elected to head the the AGIF and the Executive Board.
Alicia Rodriguez, Ulysses, Kansas was elected as National Chairwoman. Read More>>
National Hispanic Heritage Month
Former National Chairwoman Honored by CITGO
American GI Forum of Texas, Inc. Report: (Corpus Christi, TX) To commemorate Hispanic Heritage Month, September 15 to October 15, CITGO selects leaders from the Community and honors them for their accomplishments.
"During National Hispnaic Heritage Month we recognize the contributions made and the important presence of local Hispanic and Latin Americans in our community."–CITGO More>
Important News for Veterans:
VA Updates Disability Claims Application Process for Veterans, Survivors
New Process Will Reduce Processing Times and Improve Quality
WASHINGTON – The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that it is introducing a uniformed disability claims form to better serve Veterans, families and survivors. Standardizing process by which Veterans file claims and initiate appeals will make it easier for Veterans and their survivors to clearly state what benefits they are seeking from VA and provide information that is necessary to process their claims and appeals. The new forms eliminate applicant guesswork, which often leads to delays in decisions and ultimately delays in receiving benefits. The new regulations go into effect in late March 2015. More>
Sen. Cornyn Introduces Sarah Saldana At Senate Confirmation Hearing
Senate Committee Considering Saldana’s Nomination To Serve As ICE Director
WASHINGTON, DC—U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, today introduced Sarah R. Saldana, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas, before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee as the committee considers her nomination to serve asAssistant Secretary for Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Excerpts of his introduction are below and the full video of his remarks can be found here. Read More>>