Eliseo “Al” Cantu Jr.
Corpus Christi, Texas
Term Expires December 2019
Governor Rick Perry appointed Al Cantu to the Texas Veterans Commission in April 2008 for a six-year term and was designated as the Chairman of the Commission in May 2012. Governor Perry re-appointed Al Cantu to the Commission in February 2014 for a term to expire in December 2019.
Eliseo is the former Commander for the Department of Texas Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States. He was elected State Commander for the Department of Texas at the 87th State Convention held in Corpus Christi in June of 2007.
Cantu is a native of Corpus Christi, Texas. He was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in 1966 following graduation from Officers Candidate School, at Fort Gordon, GA. He is a graduate of the Signal Officers Advance Course and obtained his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Tampa, Tampa, FL, in August 1973.
Chairman Cantu’s military assignments include Communication Center Officer in the Office of the Assistant Chief of Staff, Communications-Electronic, XVIII Airborne Corps, Fort Bragg, NC, Assistant Division Signal Officer, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, NC, Acting Battalion Commander, Battalion Executive Officer, Battalion S-4, Company Commander and Platoon Leader. His overseas tours included Vietnam, Korea, and Germany.
Chairman Cantu retired from the US Army in 1978 with the rank of Major. After his military career Eliseo worked as an internal Auditor with Nueces County before his employment with Driscoll Children’s Hospital where he worked in the Finance field and served as a member of the Executive Committee for over 21 years until December 31, 2001 when he retired.
He continues to serve and contribute to the veterans in and around Nueces County. He currently serves as the Chairman of the Corpus Christi Mayor’s Committee for Veteran Affairs and continues to be a strong advocate for veterans and their families.
Al Cantu and his wife Alma live in Corpus Christi, Texas and they have one son, two daughters, three grandsons, one granddaughter and three great-granddaughters.
His professional memberships include:
- International Fraternity of Delta Sigma Pi
- Healthcare Financial Management Association
- Leadership Corpus Christi, Class XVI, Alumni
- Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States, Gold Legacy Life Membership
- 82D Airborne Division Association, Paid for Life Membership
- Catholic War Veterans, Life Membership
- Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Post 150, Life Membership
- American Legion Post 28, Member
- Military Order of the Cooties, Life Membership
- Corpus Christi Mayor’s Committee for Veterans Affairs, Member