American GI Forum of the United States

A Veterans Family Organization Since 1948 Chartered by Congress 1998

National Office

635 W. Corona Ave, Suite 114 • Pueblo, CO 81004

Lawrence Romo

National Commander

Founded March 26, 1948

PRESS RELEASE 4 - The American GI Forum whole-heartedly supports the proposed House Bill (HB) 4635 and Senate Bill (SB)2402 which will enhance the Veterans Administration (VA) benefits and assistance to women veterans

The American GI Forum whole-heartedly supports the proposed House Bill (HB)4635 and Senate Bill (SB)2402 which will enhance the Veterans Administration (VA) benefits and assistance to women veterans. We proudly and whole-heartedly support our military members, and over 15% of our military is composed of women serving.

Women proudly serve in all military job occupations and have excelled in job performance and all aspects of military service. The proposed House Bill( HB)4635 and Senate Bill (SB)2402 would mandate the VA to recruit women peer support counselors with expertise in gender-specific issues and services, VA services and benefits and employment mentoring.

The VA will emphasize peer support counseling for women veterans who suffer sexual trauma while in the military, have PTSD or other mental health conditions, are homeless, or at risk for suicide, conduct program outreach with other applicable public and private organizations and conduct peer support counselor training.

It is imperative we take care of our heroes, our veterans. Enactment of this bill will definitely enhance the wellness of our female veterans.

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“Education is Our Freedom and Freedom Should be Everybody’s Business”

American GI Forum of the United States

A Veterans Family Organization Since 1948 Chartered by Congress 1998

National Office

635 W. Corona Ave, Suite 114 • Pueblo, CO 81004

Lawrence Romo

National Commander

Founded March 26, 1948

PRESS RELEASE 3 - The American GI Forum AGIF supports the continuation of the Department of Defense military recruitment program, the Military Accessions Vital to the National Interest program, known as MAVNI

The American GI Forum AGIF supports the continuation of the Department of Defense military recruitment program, the Military Accessions Vital to the National Interest program, known as MAVNI. The American GI Forum whole-heartedly supports volunteer peacetime military recruitment efforts. New immigrants to the United States have proudly served our military in peacetime and wartime service. Some immigrant recruits who recently enlisted in the military with a promised path to citizenship are being abruptly discharged.

MAVNI, was an authorized Department of Defense recruitment program for immigrants over the past ten years. MAVNI eligible immigrant recruits are required to have legal status in the US, such as a student visa, before enlisting, and more than 5,000 immigrants were recruited into the program in 2016, and an estimated 10,000 are currently serving.

Keeping the MAVNI recruitment program active will enhance our National Security posture as it provides needed expertise in areas where we have challenges getting qualified personnel.

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Press Release

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Ángel Zúñiga

(361) 563-9353

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The American GI Forum (AGIF) of the US hosts 70th National Conference in

San Antonio, Texas

San Antonio, TX July 23, 2018 - AGIF members and guests to celebrate the 70th National Conference and founding of the AGIF of the US at the Wyndham hotel located on the famous San Antonio Riverwalk. Attendees will be welcomed by San Antonio City Councilwoman Shirley Gonzalez during the conference opening breakfast July 26. The breakfast is dedicated to youth and education.  Students from San Antonio’s Dr. Hector B. Garcia Elementary School will receive awards and honors. The Master of Ceremonies is Leslie Cristan, Chairwoman, Beatrice T. Perez Women’s Chapter, and keynote speaker is Monica Herrera, Graduate of John Hopkins University and 1st Runner up for the AGIF 2014 National Conference Youth Scholarship Competition.

This year’s theme, “Seven Decades of Serving Veterans and their Families,” commemorates the original founders and the many members who continue to serve decades later.  Attendees will recognize Carlos Martinez for his 46 years of continuous service to veterans through the American GI Forum National Veterans Outreach Program (NVOP). Martinez will be recognized during a luncheon, reception and the Commanders Banquet for his commitment to veterans.

As part of the 70th anniversary celebration, conference planners have published a commemorative program featuring historical photos of past conferences and events. Be sure to get your copy.

There will be a special commemoration to remember and honor Corpus Christi, the birthplace of the American GI Forum on Thursday. Subsequently, exhibits and the Veterans Affairs workshops begin with opening remarks by Dennis O. May, Deputy Director, Center for Minority Veterans, Department of Veterans Affairs.

The Corporate and Legislative Awards Luncheon keynote speaker is Herman Rodriguez, City Manager, City of Robstown, Tx. National Chairwoman Patsy Vazquez-Contes will present special awards during the luncheon.

Michael Trevino and Deryck Spooner will introduce a Smoking Cessation Program on Friday.

The Carlos Martinez Recognition Luncheon with Master of Ceremonies Ignacio Leija, NVOP (Ret) will include guest Speaker District 26 State Senator Jose Menendez and keynote speaker Harriet Dominique, Senior Vice President, Corporate responsibility and Community Affairs, USAA.

The evening culminates with the Commander’s Banquet with Master of Ceremonies Juan Mireles, Past AGIF National Commander, introducing guest speaker Allen Bergeron, Veterans Office, Austin, Texas and Keynote Speaker by Dennis O. May, Deputy Director, Center for Minority Veterans, Department of Veterans Affairs.

The Women’s Leadership Luncheon on Saturday welcomes Keynote Speaker Dr. Catherine Rudowsky, Dean of Libraries at Texas A & M, Corpus Christi who will be introduced by Ms. Wanda Garcia, the founder’s daughter. National Chairwoman Patsy Vazquez-Contes, will facilitate a special presentation to the Blue Star Mothers.

State Senator Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa and State Representative will attend the banquets. Other representatives include Major General Juan G. Ayala, USMC (Ret.) and Major General Angela Salinas, USMC (Ret.), Girl Scouts of South Texas. Other representatives from General Motors, Citgo, AARP, AEP, Texas A& M and the NAACP are expected to attend.

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