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News Updates:
State Commander Vazques

The 2016 AGIF National Mid-Year conference will convene to discuss issues, set policies and execute programs to enhance our awareness of military issues that is crucial to our nation and our veterans across the country. We are planning VA Seminars and workshops to cover veteran’s benefits and their economic status in the community that will help improve the quality of life for all who served in all wars.  Lastly, the conference will host seminars on educational incentives to assist our military with the knowledge to assist them to attain higher education so as to achieve the American Dream.

We have invited the Ft. Carson Brigadier General, the Governor of Colorado, the Mayor of Colorado Springs, the VA Secretary and some presidential candidates such as: Hillary Clinton, Jeb Bush and former Governor Rick Perry.

Colorado Springs is located on the eastern boundary of the Rocky Mountains, approximately a one–hour drive south of the Denver metropolitan area. To the east are rolling plains, ideal for a growing community’s expansion and development.  To the west rises the majestic 14,110-foot Pikes Peak, one of many high, scenic peaks of the Rockies. To the south is the Arkansas River valley with its agricultural lands also please visit the near towns of Pueblo and Canon City which also have many historical sites to make your stay a memorable one. .

The American GI Forum awaits for you!  The chosen theme for the conference is “Honoring our New Generation of Veterans and educating our Military Families for a promising Future“ At this Mid-Year conference the American GI Forum proudly salutes the brave men and women who have served with Honor, Courage and those who gave their all but never forgotten.

We would like to take a moment to reflect and remind ourselves that we are a family veteran’s organization. With everyone’s participation the organization will remain focused and continue the missions of the AGIF and the reason it was founded.  It is important to build long-term commitments that will allow us to build the bridges that will impact and allow this organization to continue to serve for the next 100 years.  

Again, thank you in advance for your AGIF membership!  Together we will be champions for our veterans and their families.  Welcome to Colorado Springs.

Bienvendios! To the land of the Rockies.


Luis A. Vazquez-ContesAGIF

Conference CoordinatorColorado State Commander 




State Commander Vazquez Contes:
AGIF National Mid-year in Colorado Springs, March, 2016
American GI Forum of Colorado Report: Colorado Springs, CO–The American GI Forum of the U.S and the American GI Forum of Colorado extends a cordial invitation to all members, their families and friends, throughout the nation to the 2016 National Mid-Year Conference in Colorado Springs, Colorado also known as the Rocky Mountain State.

National Commander Report:

2015 National Conference

                               American GI Forum of Texas, Inc. Report: CORPUS CHRISTI, TX – I wholeheartedly extend a big

                               THANK YOU to all that attended, sponsored and supported the 67th American GI Forum of the

                               US National Conference in Milbrae, CA. This year’s themes were Civil Rights in the 21st

                               Century and Bridging the Digital Divide. The conference was jam packed with workshops for

                               veterans and cyber-enthusiasts of all ages.

                               Workshops held during the three day conference were “Helmets to Hardhats”, “What is a

                               Makerspace?”, “Growing and Managing Your Chapter Through Social Media”, “How to Start Your Own JROTC” and “The Importance of Growing Your Organization on a Local Level”.

Special thanks to our government friends Barbara Ward and Dwayne Campbell from the Department of Veterans Affairs, Lawrence Romo, Selective Service System and Maria Elena Lemus, Social Security Administration. 

                              The conference success can also be attributed to our sponsors, keynote                                     

                              speakers, Emcees and other contributing participants. Thank you Senator

                              Richard Polanco (Ret), Peter Villegas VP Latin Affairs with The Coca Cola

                              Company, Angel Carrera, Chief Certification and Outreach,

                              Dept. of General Services, State of California, Cynthia Moreno, Journalist, McClatchy

                              Newspapers, Vida en el Valle, NY Times Fellow,Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez, Anna

                              Caballero, Secretary for Business, Consumer Affairs and Housing Agency, State of California

                              and Roy Jasso,Wells Fargo Bank.

Thanks also to AGIF-National Veterans Outreach Program, AGIF of California, Wal-Mart,                          Southwest Airlines, Sonima Foundation, DGS General Services, CS Bio Co, and Calsa.

Finally, thanks to our committee chairs Angelica Tellechea, Lupe Rodriguez, Marian                                   Martinez, Patsy Vazquez-Contes, Dottie Bruton, Albert Gonzales, Jesse Aguilera and                                            Jake Alarid for all their assistance to ensure a successful and smooth running                                                 conference.



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