Annual State Board of Directors Will meet in Austin October 25–
The American GI Forum of Texas, Inc. Report: The AGIFTX Board of Directors meeting is scheduled for Saturday, October 25, 2014 in Austin, Texas. The State Office is hosting the meeting being held at the Best Western Hotel on IH 35 South (used to be Clarion). There are limited rooms are available for $116.00, single/double so make reservations as early as possible. Remember it is Football season and the Longhorns play in Austin. Call (512) 444-0561 or Fax (512) 444-7254 for reservations. Read more>
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>
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.
UPDATE: Houston METRO Showcases Heroes
Ceremony Honors Heroes; Other Chapter Activities Include Standown for Homeless
American GI Forum Of Texas, Inc. Report: (HOUSTON, TX) – Over 200 attended the Northline Transit Center / Houston Community College Station Community Heroes dedication ceremony on Saturday, September 20, 2014.
Mistress of Ceremonies was Cynthia Cisneros, KTRK Channel 13. Presentation of Colors and Pledge of Allegiance by Jeff Davis High School ROTC and National Anthem by Jeff Davis High School. More> Stand-Down>
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>>
2014 AGIF State Conference in Seguin Selects Miss Austin as Miss Texas AGIF
Gil Rodriguez, State Office
American GI Forum of Texas, Inc Report: SEGUIN, TX – The American GI Forum of Texas, Inc., has just concluded the business of the Texas organization for another year. Included was the selection of Miss Monica Herrera as 2014 Miss Texas AGIF to represent Texas at the National Conference Miss National AGIF competition. Monica Herrera, is the daughter of Steve and Thelma Herrera. Read More> Photos>