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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

Nov 9, 2019 Press Release

Several months ago, the United States Postal Service reached out to the office of Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) after discovering original Purple Heart documents from 1944. They sought to make sure that the official documents were safely returned to the relatives of Corporal Henry Mazurkiewicz.


Congressman Higgins’ office was able to find basic information about Henry Mazurkiewicz and started putting together a family tree. However, additional information was necessary to identify next-of-kin.


Oct 30, 2019 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) took to the House floor to recognize the unanimous House passage of H.R. 886, the Veteran Treatment Court Coordination Act, a bill that he cosponsored which creates a Veterans Treatment Court Program within the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) that provides grants, training, and technical assistance to state and local governments in order to establish and operate the courts in their communities.


Oct 25, 2019 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) joined VA Western New York Healthcare System Executive Director Michael Swartz and Recreation Therapy Supervisor Pam Kaznowski in recognizing four Western New York veterans whose creative pieces will be featured nationally.


Oct 4, 2019 Press Release

Hispanic Heritage Council of WNY President Casimiro Rodriguez Accepts Military Medals Earned by His Brother, the Late Gabriel A. Rodriguez


During a joint Hispanic Heritage Month event hosted by the Hispanic Heritage Council of Western New York and the Buffalo & Erie County Naval & Military Park, the community gathered to celebrate the service of Western New York Hispanic American veterans. 


Oct 2, 2019 Press Release

During a ceremony at the Frontiersman VFW Post 7545 in Tonawanda, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) presented Staff Sergeant Carl Koeppelle with the military medals he received while serving in the United States Army during World War II.


Congressman Higgins said, “Over seven decades ago, Staff Sergeant Koeppelle bravely fought for this county during World War II.  Today, on behalf of a grateful nation, it is an honor to present him with the long overdue recognition he deserves.” 


Oct 1, 2019 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced The Veterans One-stop Center of WNY is the recipient of a Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) grant totaling $250,000 from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to continue the end of veteran homelessness in Western New York. The Veterans One-stop Center will implement SSVF throughout Erie, Niagara, Genesee, Orleans, and Wyoming counties.


Sep 20, 2019 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced the House of Representatives approved the National Purple Heart Hall of Honor Commemorative Coin Act (HR 1830).  Higgins is an original cosponsor of the bipartisan bill which was introduced by Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18). 

Sep 20, 2019 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced that the Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Research and Development has awarded VA Western New York Healthcare System (Buffalo VA Medical Center) and researcher Dr.

Sep 13, 2019 Press Release

On the eve of the 101st anniversary of the day United States Army veteran John C. Murray was wounded in action, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) presented Private First Class Murray’s family with a Purple Heart and other long overdue military medals for service during World War I.


Jul 29, 2019 Press Release

In advance of Purple Heart Day, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) is honoring Western New York Purple Heart recipients, including a formal presentation of three Purple Heart medals and a Bronze Star to United States Army Sergeant First Class William Roland Hayes for service and injuries during the Vietnam War. Purple Heart Day is observed on August 7th each year to commemorate the valiant service of the men and women who were wounded or lost their lives in battle.