On April 11, 2015 the agif 5281 chapter hosted and sponsored a very productive and infomative seminar regarding Veterans Benefits. Topics of interest where; updated changes of benefits, referencing: Agent Orange, VA Standard Forms for Claims and Appeals, Long Term Services and Supports .... etc,etc.
Left to Right: Dennis Clenin, Veterans Affairs Cordinator; Chris Washingtion, Decedent Affairs Cordinator; Jerry Duran, Parliamenttarian, Veterans Outreach Cordinator; Barbara Martinez, Denver Regional Office; Jim Torres, Commandeer and Daniel W. Warvi, Public Affairs Officer
American GI Forum of Texas,In 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
Patsy Vazquez Contes, immediate past National Chairwoman was selected as one of several honorees for her work with veterans and education. A large Ad appeared in the Corpus Christi Caller Times, and a copy sent to our State Office. We congratulate Mrs. Vazquez Contes for her work and her many accomplishments and on her selection as a Hispanic leader by CITGO during Hispanic Heritage Month. We are pleased to publish her on our Texas Web site.
Former National Chairwoman Honored by CITGO.
Veterans you now can request a copy of your DD214 electronically through the National Personnel Records Center (NPRC). the process takes between ten (10) and fourteen (14)business days.
Military veterans and the next of kin of the deceased former military members may now use this on line military personnel records system to request documents. Other individuals must use the standard form 180, which can be downloaded from the website.
From State Commander Vazquez Contes
AGIF National Mid-year Update: Conference Date moved
to March 31-April 2, 2016
American GI Forum of Colorado Report: Colorado Springs, CO– Please
review the agenda below and note that only dates have changed.
Our Colorado Committee apologizes for any inconvenience and still
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, known as the Rocky Mountain State.
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 waits 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…Welcome to the land of the Rockies!
Luis A. Vazquez-Contes
AGIF Conference Coordinator
Colorado State Commander
Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C.
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