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) was joined by United States Army Buffalo Recruiting Commander Captain Randy Warren and VA Western New York Healthcare System Chief of Staff Dr. Grace Stringfellow, and Buffalo Naval & Military Park President Paul Marzello for a ceremony recognizing the service of Vietnam War veteran Sergeant Phillip Yockey.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced VA Western New York Healthcare System (Buffalo VA Medical Center) has received a $684,254 grant from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to pursue research on blast-induced eye damage in active military personnel and veterans.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced the House of Representatives approved two pieces of legislation supporting veterans; one aimed at encouraging veteran hiring and another assisting veterans pursuing degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM).
“We must continuously look at ways to ease the transition from military to civilian life for the men and who selflessly served this nation,” said Congressman Higgins. “Both of these bills cut through red tape to help veterans complete their education and find quality work.”
“Today, one of Western New York’s own, David Bellavia, will be presented with the prestigious Medal of Honor for his remarkable service in the United States Army during the war in Iraq. His is an extraordinary story.
During a ceremony hosted by the Buffalo & Erie County Naval & Military Park on Flag Day, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) joined Naval Park President Paul Marzello, Sr. and Board Chair Terry McGuire in paying tribute to more than 50 Western New York veterans who served during the Vietnam era.
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. Both Congressman Higgins and the Buffalo Naval Park are registered commemorative partners.
On the 75th anniversary of D-Day, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced his cosponsorship of H.R.2350, the Ghost Army Congressional Gold Medal Act.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced the House of Representatives approved legislation that includes a provision to fix a flaw in the new federal tax law which created steep tax increases for families of fallen servicemembers. Higgins was among a bipartisan group leading legislation to correct the problem.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced passage through the House of Representatives of several bills aimed at helping veterans. The legislation addresses issues ranging from health care and transitional services, with a strong emphasis on suicide prevention.
Congressman Higgins said: “These bipartisan bills represent ways that we can continue expressing our nation’s gratitude to its veterans by always improving the service we provide and making sure that benefits and available resources are of the quality our veterans deserve.”
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) took to the Floor of the House of Representatives calling for swift approval of legislation to fix a provision of the new tax law which created steep tax increases on benefits for families of fallen soldiers. Higgins is an original cosponsor of the Gold Star Family Tax Relief Act, bipartisan legislation (H.R. 2481) which corrects the problem.