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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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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. 

May 23, 2019 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced passage through the House of Representatives of several bills aimed at helping veterans.  The legislation addresses issues ranging from health care and transitional services, with a strong emphasis on suicide prevention. 

 

Congressman Higgins said: “These bipartisan bills represent ways that we can continue expressing our nation’s gratitude to its veterans by always improving the service we provide and making sure that benefits and available resources are of the quality our veterans deserve.”

 

May 21, 2019 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) took to the Floor of the House of Representatives calling for swift approval of legislation to fix a provision of the new tax law which created steep tax increases on benefits for families of fallen soldiers.  Higgins is an original cosponsor of the Gold Star Family Tax Relief Act, bipartisan legislation (H.R. 2481) which corrects the problem. 

May 15, 2019 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced the House passage of H.R. 299, the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2019. The bill, of which Congressman Higgins is one of 333 bipartisan cosponsors, was approved with unanimous support.

 

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