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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Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced approval of H.R. 5059, the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention Act for American Veterans (SAV) Act. This legislation creates a comprehensive community response for coordinated mental health care at Veterans Hospitals across the country. Congressman Higgins cosponsored this legislation.
“Thousands of men and women devote their lives every day to serve our country,” said Congressman Higgins. “We cannot turn our backs on these individuals. This legislation is a step forward to protecting the safety of these service men and women.”
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) recently spoke on the House floor to recognize the significance of this Sunday, December 7, 2014, the “date which will live in infamy.” This date marks the seventy-third anniversary of the attack on the American naval base at Pearl Harbor. Countless men and women lost their lives that day and over a thousand others were wounded.
Just days before the 69 year anniversary of her honorable discharge, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) presented Private Indiana Hunt-Martin with the Women’s Army Corps Service Medal, the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, the World War II Victory Medal, and the Honorable Service Lapel Button for her service during World War II.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) presented military medals and honors, including the Bronze Star, to the family of World War II Veteran Private First Class Samuel J. Insalaco.
The federal government will be launching a pilot program to provide training to veterans seeking jobs in the solar industry and Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) is urging the U.S. Department of Energy to designate the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station as one of the sites.
Congressman Higgins (NY-26) announced approval in the House of Representatives of H.R. 5404, the Extending Veterans Expiring Authorities Act. This bill will provide $1.5 million dollars in funding through December 2015 to continue childcare services at Kids Korner, located at the VA Western NY Healthcare center in Buffalo, and two other child care centers at VA locations in Tacoma, WA and Northport, NY.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) is fighting to block the closing of Kids Korner, a center that provides free childcare services for eligible veterans utilizing services and attending appointments at the VA Western New York Healthcare center in Buffalo.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) spoke on the House Floor in support of proposed legislation to implement necessary reforms at the VA to address the backlogs for veterans in need of medical care.
Higgins urged swift action to address issues, such as access to timely medical care, upgraded facilities, and consequences for misconduct and poor performance by VA employees. Congressman Higgins also encouraged his colleagues to commit to further reforms in the months ahead, including a unified electronic health records system between the VA and the Department of Defense.