Veterans & Military
Caring for our veterans and active military involves more than thanking them for their service. As veterans return home, our nation has an obligation to assist them in preparing to reenter into civilian life, including access to earned benefits, education, jobs and opportunities.
Brian’s fight for those who fight for our nation includes protecting the needs of the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station and its future, and supporting the services provided through the Veteran Administration Western New York Healthcare System.
Higgins has successfully pushed through legislation ensuring blinded veterans and Blue Water Vietnam veterans receive the benefits they deserve. He cosponsored legislation expanding the successful Veteran Treatment Court program, which began in Buffalo, to communities across the nation. And he repeatedly fought to maintain the Kids Korner program which provides free child care services to veterans during medical appointments at the Buffalo VA Hospital.
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As the nation prepares to recognize National Purple Heart Day, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced introduction of H.R. 4765, the Purple Heart Flag Act. The bill honors the sacrifices made by members of the U.S. Military by officially designating a Purple Heart Flag to be publicly displayed and flown at federal facilities on specific days.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced the passage of H.R. 983, the Preventing Crimes Against Veterans Act of 2021, legislation that works to prevent scams aimed at stealing veterans’ benefits.
“Our nation’s veterans have sacrificed everything to serve this country, and their benefits are provided to honor that service.” said Congressman Higgins. “This legislation works to protect their right to those benefits by making it a crime for anyone to attempt to steal them.”
During a ceremony at the Buffalo and Erie County Naval & Military Park, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) honored the service and sacrifice of Lance Corporal Frederick Ziomek. The Congressman was joined by Tom Thompson, President of the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 77 and Paul Marzello, President & CEO of the Buffalo and Erie County Naval & Military Park to mark the addition of LCpl. Ziomek to the Western New York Vietnam Veterans Monument.
Congressmembers Brian Higgins (NY-26) and Chris Jacobs (NY-27) are leading a push to have the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station (NFARS) host the next KC-46A Pegasus Reserve component.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced the House of Representatives has approved the Puppies Assisting Wounded Servicemembers (PAWS) for Veterans Therapy Act (H.R. 1448). The bipartisan bill, cosponsored by Higgins, launches a pilot program giving veterans struggling with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) access to service dogs.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) joined members of the Hispanic Heritage Council of WNY, members of the Hispanic American Veterans Memorial Monument Committee, veterans from the Gabriel A. Rodriguez American Legion Post 1928 and local leaders for a ceremony marking National Borinqueneers Day at the Buffalo and Erie County Naval & Military Park.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) joined Rep. Lois Frankel (FL-21) along with other members of the House of Representatives to urge the United States Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) to expedite the newly expanded benefits for Vietnam veterans which would ensure those with parkinsonism, bladder cancer, and hypothyroidism caused by exposure to Agent Orange could receive VA disability benefits.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced President Biden signed into law H.R. 1276, the VA VACCINE Act of 2021, which expands the number of veterans eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to include all veterans, not just those currently enrolled in the VA health care system.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) applauded President Biden’s executive order revoking President Trump’s actions banning transgender troops from serving in the United States Military. Higgins released the following statement:
“Americans who sign up to serve and protect deserve nothing less than equal protections from the country they bravely defend. It is an incredibly selfless act to commit oneself to the military. Denying these selfless individuals the ability to simply be themselves is shameful. We welcome the new Commander-in-Chief’s actions to right this historic wrong.