Mobile Menu - OpenMobile Menu - Closed

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

Jul 2, 2014 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) and Supervisor Anthony Caruana presented Town of Tonawanda resident Corporal Lawrence P. Titzler with the Bronze Star and other medals he earned for his service in the United States Army during World War II. 

Apr 27, 2014 Press Release

In a special ceremony, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) and members of the United States Marine Corps presented the family of Montford Point Marine William H. Givens, Jr. with the Congressional Gold Medal for his service during World War II. 

Apr 14, 2014 Press Release


Seventy years after serving in World War II, United States Army veteran and Kenmore resident Carlton Small received the military medals he earned, including a Bronze Star, in a special presentation by Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26), Town of Tonawanda Supervisor Anthony Caruana, and Village of Kenmore Deputy Mayor Tim McCarthy.  

Mar 19, 2014 Press Release

Private First Class Doral Cummings fought in World War II and earned 11 medals including the Bronze Star and Purple Heart. Unfortunately Doral Cummings passed away in 1997 and never received his Bronze Star. Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) presented the Cummings family, from North Tonawanda, with the Bronze Star, Purple Heart and additional medals earned 69 over years ago.

Jan 14, 2014 Press Release
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) spoke on the House Floor in support of H.R. 3397, legislation introduced by Congresswoman Lois Capps (CA-24), which would create guidelines for authenticating a veteran’s record through unofficial sources. After a fire at a military records warehouse in 1973, as many as 18 million veterans’ records were destroyed and cannot always be recreated through other official sources.
Dec 23, 2013 Press Release
Congressman Brian Higgins presented the family of United States Army veteran Simon Zulia with a Bronze Star and additional military recognitions for his exemplary service in two of World War II’s most prominent campaigns.  Also, in a surprise to the family, Simon’s son, Steve Zulia was presented with a medal he never received for sustaining life threatening injuries while on duty as a Niagara County Sheriff’s Deputy.  
Dec 3, 2013 Press Release
In 1943, five sons of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Jackson of Lackawanna joined the U.S. Army, left Lackawanna, NY, and were deployed to five separate parts of the globe to fight for the Allied Forces in World War II. Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) recognized their service by presenting the Jackson family with the medals that they earned for serving their country.