Longtime member Frankie Gallegos has passed away. The family is in need of prayers at this time.
Frankie was a lifetime member of the AGIF and also devoted a lot of her time, energy, and money to the Forum for some 40+ years. She was a member of the 5281 Chapter and also a former Office Manager for the National AGIF. Frankie served in many offices while she was a member and also served on the Board for the National Veterans Outreach Program when it was located in Denver. She also hosted many members in her home while they were in Denver. When Dr. Garcia traveled to Denver, there were times when Frankie chauffeured him to his many meetings.
American GI Forum Awards Students Laptops in Essay Contest
By Vicky Camarillo, Corpus Christi Caller Times
World War II veteran, doctor and activist Hector P. Garcia made history in 1967 when he gave a statement to the United Nations General Assembly in Spanish. It was the first time an American representative had addressed the assembly in a language other than English.
Those kinds of actions helped cement Garcia as an advocate for Hispanic civil rights, according to essays written by local students.
Garcia founded the American GI Forum, a Hispanic veterans and civil rights organization, in 1948. For the fourth year, the forum's Beatrice T. Perez Robstown Women's Chapter held an essay contest to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, which runs Sept. 15 to Oct. 15.
Beatrice T. Perez Robstown Women’s Chapter Unveils 2019-2020 Hispanic Heritage Month Bus Wrap
By Patsy M. Vazquez-Contes, BTP Director of Events and Partnerships
American GI Forum of Texas, Inc. Report: CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – On Sunday October 13, 2019, the American G. I. Forum (AGIF), Beatrice T. Perez (BTP) Robstown Women’s Chapter will host the unveiling bus wrap ceremony with the theme: “The Power of Hispanic Leadeship” on the Domingo Live Show (on Sunday, October 13, 2019 between 10:30 AM – Noon). Our Keynote speaker will be Robstown City Manager Herman Rodriguez.
National Hispanic Heritage Month is observed from September 15 to October 15 each year to show awareness of the history, culture and contributions of American citizens whose ancestry originates from any one of the Latino countries is celebrated.
"As children, we were all taught about George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Betsy Ross, and other historical figures and facts that contributed to the early history of America. This not only taught us the history of our country and forefathers; but instilled in every one of us an unwavering loyalty and patriotism to America. However, through the omission of our culture and contribution of our ancestors, we all suffered varying degrees of a disconnect from this history that was otherwise intended to be relatable." Beatrice T. Perez Chapter chairwoman Leslie Cristan stated.