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 House passage of H.R. 6201, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act in a broad bipartisan vote (363-40-1) The bill provides paid leave, establishes free testing, and provides important benefits to children, families and seniors. This comes after Congress approved $8.3 billion to address the urgent costs associated with testing and treating those with coronavirus and minimizing the growing impact of the virus last week.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced approval by the House of Representatives of several bills strengthening measures to provide greater transparency, and support veteran services and jobs.
Higgins said, “The men and women who serve in our military and the families that support them sacrifice a great deal in defense of this country and we owe it to them to protect and serve our veterans in return. This legislation furthers that goal.”
Below is a summary of the legislation passed in the House this week:
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced House passage of H.R. 4305, the Puppies Assisting Wounded Servicemembers (PAWS) for Veterans Therapy Act.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) and New York State Assemblymember Karen McMahon were joined by representatives from the United States Air Force and Town of Amherst leaders to honor Amherst residents and Air Force Veterans George “Butch” Wilcox and Robert Fahey.
“These men represent a generation of patriots who bravely fought in unthinkable circumstances and humbly returned home,” said Congressman Higgins. “It is truly an honor, on behalf of a grateful nation, to share their stories and publicly recognize their selfless service.”
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced that the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Continuum of Care (CoC) Program has awarded almost $12.3 million in federal funding to Western New York organizations to assist in their mission to end homelessness in the region.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) was joined by French Honorary Consul Pascal Soarès in presenting former United States Army Nurse, First Lieutenant Mildred Speers (nee Budimirovich) with the French Chevalier Legion of Honor Medal and U.S. Military medals earned while serving during World War II.
Washington, DC – U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-NY), U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), and Congressman Brian Higgins (D-NY-26) today announced that following their push, the FY 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) includes their provision to increase funding for the National Maritime Heritage Grant Program.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced approval by the House of Representatives of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) conference report, authorizing national defense funding and related programs for fiscal year 2020.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) joined a meeting of the Military Order of the Purple Heart Chapter 187 to pay tribute to the service of the Nation’s Purple Heart recipients and honor one of their members, Roger Dearmyer.
Roger was born on September 9, 1945 to parents Jeanne and Howard. He grew up with his three brothers in Buffalo before moving to Cheektowaga. Following high school, Roger went to work in a law office until receiving a draft notice for the Vietnam War.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) joined a meeting of the Military Order of the Purple Heart Chapter 187 to announce introduction of the Purple Heart Flag Act (H.R. 5237), legislation officially designating a Purple Heart flag and making public display of the flag at federal facilities protocol on specific days.