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Caring for our veterans is far more than thanking them for their service. As veterans return home from overseas, our nation has an obligation to assist them in preparing to reenter into civilian life, including ensuring affordable healthcare, access to earned benefits, and the skills and training needed to fill both the jobs of today and tomorrow. To that end, Brian has introduced H.R. 2169, the Veterans Education Flexibility Act, which would eliminate the deadlines for veterans to use the educational benefits they have earned.  Brian is also committed to help end the backlog for VA benefits and reducing the unacceptably high unemployment rate for returning veterans. 

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Sep 13, 2019 Press Release

On the eve of the 101st anniversary of the day United States Army veteran John C. Murray was wounded in action, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) presented Private First Class Murray’s family with a Purple Heart and other long overdue military medals for service during World War I.


Jul 29, 2019 Press Release

In advance of Purple Heart Day, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) is honoring Western New York Purple Heart recipients, including a formal presentation of three Purple Heart medals and a Bronze Star to United States Army Sergeant First Class William Roland Hayes for service and injuries during the Vietnam War. Purple Heart Day is observed on August 7th each year to commemorate the valiant service of the men and women who were wounded or lost their lives in battle.


Jul 22, 2019 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) was joined by United States Army Buffalo Recruiting Commander Captain Randy Warren and VA Western New York Healthcare System Chief of Staff Dr. Grace Stringfellow, and Buffalo Naval & Military Park President Paul Marzello for a ceremony recognizing the service of Vietnam War veteran Sergeant Phillip Yockey. 


Jun 27, 2019 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced VA Western New York Healthcare System (Buffalo VA Medical Center) has received a $684,254 grant from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to pursue research on blast-induced eye damage in active military personnel and veterans.

Jun 26, 2019 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2019 has been signed by the President and is now law.  The bill (H.R. 299), cosponsored by Congressman Higgins, passed in the House on May 14, 2019 and was approved by the Senate on June 12, 2019.

Jun 25, 2019 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced the House of Representatives approved two pieces of legislation supporting veterans; one aimed at encouraging veteran hiring and another assisting veterans pursuing degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM). 

“We must continuously look at ways to ease the transition from military to civilian life for the men and who selflessly served this nation,” said Congressman Higgins. “Both of these bills cut through red tape to help veterans complete their education and find quality work.”

Jun 25, 2019 Press Release

“Today, one of Western New York’s own, David Bellavia, will be presented with the prestigious Medal of Honor for his remarkable service in the United States Army during the war in Iraq.  His is an extraordinary story.

Jun 14, 2019 Press Release

During a ceremony hosted by the Buffalo & Erie County Naval & Military Park on Flag Day, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) joined Naval Park President Paul Marzello, Sr. and Board Chair Terry McGuire in paying tribute to more than 50 Western New York veterans who served during the Vietnam era. 

The America Vietnam War Commemoration was authorized by Congress, established under the Secretary of Defense, and launched to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War.   Both Congressman Higgins and the Buffalo Naval Park are registered commemorative partners.

Jun 6, 2019 Press Release

On the 75th anniversary of D-Day, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced his cosponsorship of H.R.2350, the Ghost Army Congressional Gold Medal Act.

May 23, 2019 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced the House of Representatives approved legislation that includes a provision to fix a flaw in the new federal tax law which created steep tax increases for families of fallen servicemembers.   Higgins was among a bipartisan group leading legislation to correct the problem.