Tejanos in Action Records
An Inventory of the Collection
Tejanos In Action (TIA) is a veterans group located in Austin, Texas. The organization was formally organized in 1993 by Arturo Puentes, Ralph DeLa Fuente, Frank Cortez, Ramon Gonzales, Frank Adame, David R. Jaso, and Frank Mendez. The founders recognized that some women and men who served in the military were ineligible to join the Veterans of Foreign Wars or the American Legion so they created an organization that was open to everyone regardless of sex, race or time of service. While the membership of TIA is predominately Mexican-American the organization is welcoming to any veteran honorably discharged regardless of race.
The stated purpose of Tejanos In Action is to provide an array of supportive and educational services to veterans, citizens and childrens in the Austin and Travis County area. Among the services the organization has been involved is the clean-up of the Travis County International Cemetery which has more than fifty veterans interred on the grounds. They went on to erect a monument to honor these veterans as well as three flag poles that TIA uses during their annual Memorial Day Service to insure these veterans are not forgotten.
SOURCE: adapted from Tejanos In Action membership flyer.
The Tejanos In Action collection contains materials relating to the development and service to the community of the organization and covers the period 1993-2003. The Office Records series (1993-2003, undated) contains the articles of incorporation, correspondence, membership applications (DD241 forms), meeting agendas and minutes, procedures for burial and flag protocol and rifle procurement records. The Events series (1994-2006, undated) includes event flyers and programs, planning documents, photographs and video of parades, services, banquets, medal presentations the TIA sponsored or participated in. Highlights of the series include programs and photographs of the annual Memorial Day service at the Travis International Cemetery, Korean War Service Medal presentations at Plaza Saltillo in Austin and in Lockhart, Texas as well as various Veterans Day parades. Also included are two videos: one of the 1999 Veterans Day program at Saltillo Plaza sponsored by TIA and the other of the 2001 Veteran's Day parade up Congress Avenue to the Texas Capitol. The Printed Materials series (1994-2003) consists of TIA newsletters from 1994 as well as certificates of recognition including a Travis County resolution, appreciation certificates presented to the TIA Color Guard and a City of Austin Proclamation proclaiming November 11, 1999 as a day of tribute to Mexican-American GIs of World War II.
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Tejanos In Action Records (AR.2004.001). Austin History Center, Austin Public Library.
Donor #: DO/2004/005
Donation Date: 2004
Finding aid created and encoded by Molly Hults/2010.
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