California Veterans Helping Veterans
The AGIF/CA has been in existence since 1958 in California, and is a subsidiary of the much larger AGIF of the U.S. that was established in 1948 by Dr. Hector P. García in Corpus Christi, Texas.
The AGIF/CA, with its mission to alleviate, through education, unfortunate conditions and situations within our communities, and those conditions also affecting Veterans and families, continues to function today as when it was founded in 1958 in California.
Sr. Sanchez and Sr. Soria are both WWII combat veterans, both Normandy survivors, and both decorated veterans. Sr. Sanchez is a recipient of the French Legion of Honor. Sr. Soria saw combat action as a rifleman in the Battle of the Bulge and also in the Battle of the Rhine Fumay and near the Holland-German border. The San Jose chapter was deeply honored to have both veterans in their parade contingent. Photo & Info: Courtesy San Jose Chapter AGIFCA
THE AGIF/CA’S WORK IS MAINLY GEARED TO A FIVE-PRONG EFFORT:
➤One: VETERANS’ ISSUES:
They are being addressed mainly through the AGIF/CA Veterans Outreach Program (VOP). Funds derived from private sources and corporations are distributed to those chapters working closely with Veterans and families, especially now for wounded and disabled, unemployed, recently discharged Veterans from on-going wars.
➤Two: CIVIL RIGHTS ISSUES:The AGIF continues to work with our own civil rights representative, MALDEF, and other community groups on immigration, redistricting, discrimination, schools, university issues, Veterans’ legal issues, and farmworker issues.
➤Three: EDUCATIONAL ENDEAVORS:All of the 23 California Forum and Women’s chapters continue to award educational grants for those community youth pursuing higher educational goals. Approximately 200 scholarship grants are awarded by the AGIF/CA chapter organizations each year.
➤Four: HEALTH INITIATIVE:The AGIF/CA serves and coordinates efforts with health providers and clinics to better accommodate Veterans, families, and the low-income communities to receive appropriate care and medications. This is currently being done at a drug and alcohol treatment abuse center and a primary health clinic operated by two chapters. Veterans’ health issues include PTSD, TBI, and other invisible wounds causing depression, domestic violence, and suicide.
➤Five: LEGISLATION, PUBLIC AND POLICY AFFAIRS:The AGIF/CA is involved in issues that support Veterans, families and the community at large.
Many of our chapters are now non-profit 501(c)3 federally exempt organizations, becoming self-sustaining, procuring their own funds to benefit the five-prong mission of our Forum’s community involvement. We continue to recommend that each chapter and their membership not only follow the AGIF/CA mission, but to venture out and pursue other avenues to assist in issues and programs pertinent to their communities.
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For Immediate Release
AMERICAN G.I. FORUM OF CALIFORNIA VOTES TO SUPPORT COMPREHENSIVE IMMIGRATION REFORM WITH A PATHWAY TO CITIZENSHIP: Download Document Here
United Veterans Council
Presents the 95th Annual
Veterans Day Parade:
A Tribute to Veterans
November 11th, 2013
Downtown San Jose, CA
Opening Ceremony at Plaza de Cesar Chavez
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The Marin Veteran Project is a program for veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan campaigns seeking employment and education in agriculture. Participants
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