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.
More on Veterans & Military
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced the passage of H.R. 5671, legislation that would provide all veterans with access to the influenza vaccine through U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health-care system for the 2021-2022 flu season.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced the approval of the Colonel John M. McHugh Tuition Fairness for Survivors Act (S.1095), the Student Veteran Counseling Centers Eligibility Act (H.R. 4233), and the VITAL Assessment Act (H.R. 5516). Together, the bills provide support and services for veteran students, as well as tuition benefits for families of service members who are deceased or disabled.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced the approval of the Protecting Moms Who Served Act of 2021 (S.796). The bipartisan bill, originally introduced by Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), an Iraq War veteran, supports funding for maternity care for women who served in the military.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) honored Vietnam Veteran Captain Jack Walter in a ceremony at the Buffalo and Erie County Naval & Military Park for his distinguished service in U.S. Army and presented him with a Vietnam Veteran Lapel Pin ahead of Veterans Day.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced the passage of H.R. 3469, the Veteran Entrepreneurship Training Act of 2021. The bill authorizes the Boots to Business Program (B2B) for five years under the Small Business Administration (SBA) in order to better connect veterans, active members of the Armed Forces, and their spouses to entrepreneurship training.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced the passage of H.R. 4035, the Real Justice for Our Veterans Act of 2021. The bill provides $3 million annually from 2022 through 2027 for grants through the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) to local governments operating veteran treatment courts.
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.