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 introduction of bipartisan legislation to fix a new provision of the tax code hurting the families of our fallen military.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) was joined by the VA Western New York Healthcare System (VAWNYHS) Executive Director Michael J. Swartz and Associate Chief of Staff for Research and Professor of Medicine, Anesthesiology and Environmental Health at the University of Buffalo, Dr. Ali El-solh, to announce federal grants from the Department of Veterans Affairs supporting three separate research projects at the Buffalo VA Medical Center. The three grants represent a total of $2,413,635 in funding awarded to the Buffalo VA.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced passage through the House of Representatives of H.R. 840, the Veterans Access to Child Care Act, by a vote of 400-9. The bill was introduced by Congresswoman Julia Brownley (CA-26) and Higgins with 20 cosponsors, and was referred to the full House after it passed in the Veterans Affairs Committee.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) joined Congresswoman Julia Brownley (D-CA) in introducing the Veterans’ Access to Child Care Act, legislation which would make permanent the VA’s Child Care Pilot Program and expand it so that veterans across the nation who are primary caretakers have a convenient, cost-free option for child care when they have VA medical appointments.
World War II veteran Andrew J. Dodges reached out to Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) in late November with a Christmas wish: to receive a new set of the military service medals he earned while serving in the United States Army. Corporal Dodges’ medals, including a Bronze Star and Purple Heart, were stolen from his home.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) honored over 40 local veterans who served during the Vietnam War during a ceremony at the Veteran One-Stop Center of Western New York.
The America Vietnam War Commemoration was authorized by Congress, established under the Secretary of Defense, and launched to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War.
At the Buffalo and Erie County Naval and Military Park, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) presented the family of Private James Peter Tymon with long-overdue recognition for his sacrifice in service to the United States during World War I.
“A century ago Private Tymon lost his life bravely defending this country,” said Congressman Higgins. “It is our honor to present his family with a lasting expression of gratitude from the nation he faithfully served.”
During a gathering of Western New York Military Order of the Purple Heart members, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) honored wounded veterans who served during the Vietnam War including a special presentation of a Bronze Star and other medals to Chapter 187 Chaplain Robert Segool.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) was joined by New York State Assemblymember Monica Wallace, Depew Village Trustee Audrey Hamernick and local veterans, including Depew American Legion Post 1528 and Military Order of the Purple Heart Chapter 187, to present the family of Private Walter Rydzewski with the Purple Heart and other medals earned 100 years ago, during World War I.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced legislation approved by the House of Representatives includes language that extends the Kids Korner childcare program at the Buffalo VA Medical Center through 2019.
“Buffalo has been an example for the country, demonstrating when you offer in-house child care for veterans, it removes an obstacle for treatment,” said Congressman Higgins.