This newspaper article announces the March 26, 1948 meeting for veterans that resulted in the creation of the AGIF.
Dr. Garcia proudly wore an AGIF founder’s hat for nearly five decades.
The AGIF Constitution outlines the organization’s principles and goals, stating its dedication to all veterans “regardless of race, color, or creed.”
In this letter to members of Veterans of Foreign Wars, Dr. Garcia announces the creation of the AGIF and describes many of the problems facing veterans in South Texas.
The AGIF welcomed the participation of women, who formed auxiliary chapters. Here Dr. Garcia greets Claudina Garza, who established a chapter in Chicago.
The AGIF expanded to California in 1956. Here, members gather in Los Angeles for the 11th annual AGIF convention.
The AGIF’s annual conventions attracted high-profile guests. Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy attended the 1964 Chicago convention.
AGIF chapters reached the east and west coasts by 1974.
This portrait of Dr. Garcia captures many of his proudest accomplishments, including his medical practice, the AGIF, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
This audio recording, produced by the University of Texas at Austin, explores the origins and importance of the AGIF.
In this video, taken at the AGIF's 43rd national convention, Dr. Garcia discusses the organization's beginnings.
Despite their wartime service and sacrifices, Mexican American veterans encountered racism, discrimination, and poverty when they returned to the United States. In response, Dr. Garcia convened a meeting in 1948 for veterans in Corpus Christi. Hundreds gathered and decided to establish a veterans’ rights organization, the AGIF. With Dr. Garcia as its president, the AGIF flourished and spread nationwide.