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.
Howard Hernandez, (213) 305-0009
American GI Forum of California
P.O. Box 1681, Santa Maria, CA 93456
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.
JOIN US FOR OUR UPCOMING EVENTS
2013 AGIFCA STATE Conference
55th California American GI Forum State Conference: June 20-22,2013
Crowne Plaza Hotel
6131 Telegraph Road
Commerce, CA 90040
Early Registration--before May 21, 2013
May 23, 2013, Traveling Vietnam Memorial
The replica of the Vietnam Wall Memorial with panels bearing the names of 58,227 U.S. military personnel who lost their life in the war from 1959 to 1975. The traveling Vietnam Memorial will arrive via motor escort to Mt Vernon Memorial Park on Tuesday, May 21, 2013. 8201 Greenback Lane, Fair Oaks
In addition, a "Tribute to the Dignity Memorial Vietnam Wall Gala" event will be held on Saturday, May 18th at the Citrus Heights Community Center. Be an event sponsor or join us. Tickets are $75/per person. Ticket price includes a showcase of local musical talent, plated dinner, raffle prizes, wine and beer.
The Memorial Wall will be constructed on Wednesday and will be ready for viewing on Thursday May 23rd. Contact: Vivienne Yamamoto, Sacramento Blue Star Moms