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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

Aug 29, 2018 Press Release

Schumer & Higgins Say: Buffalo VA’s Careless Push to Privatize Effective Program is a Disservice to the Men & Women Who Served this Country

 

With the Veteran Affairs Western New York Healthcare System speeding up their effort to push veterans out of a successful and popular VA administered Adult Day Health Care (ADHC) Center, U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) are teaming up to fight for the men and women who fought for us.

Aug 1, 2018 Press Release

Buffalo, NY —VA Western New York Healthcare System is celebrating the renovation of inpatient unit 9D on Wednesday, August 1 at 10am at 3495 Bailey Avenue in Buffalo with a ribbon cutting ceremony. The renovation project completely updated 10,932 square feet for inpatient care totaling $3.9 million. The twenty bed unit features sixteen private rooms and two double rooms. Included in the project is the updating of all utility systems to support state of the art health care, increased patient comfort and energy efficiency.

Jun 15, 2018 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced the House of Representatives has approved a pair of bills aimed at providing additional support to women veterans and veterans engaged in the veteran treatment court program. 

“Both of these bills provide additional people to serve the needs of our veterans,” said Congressman Higgins. “Through this human interaction, with outreach specialists and peer counselors, veterans are better supported and positioned to overcome challenges.”

Feb 14, 2018 Press Release

Following release of President Trump’s Fiscal Year 2019 Budget, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26), a member of the House Budget Committee, is outlining how the proposal would impact the people of Western New York as well as the projects and priorities of importance to the region.

Feb 1, 2018 Press Release

A tireless servant to his country and his community, longtime Erie County Sheriff Thomas F. Higgins has dedicated a lifetime to Western New York and now local leaders are pushing to dedicate a local landmark in his honor.  Federal, State, County and City representatives are teaming up to name the newly reconstructed Bailey Bridges and adjacent park, located in Sheriff Higgins’ South Buffalo neighborhood, after the United States Marine Corps veteran.

Feb 1, 2018 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced the Congress on Your Corner schedule for the month of February.  Through the program, staff members from Congressman Higgins’ office are available at satellite sites throughout the district to better serve the needs of constituents.

The February Congress on Your Corner schedule is available below:

Thursday, February 8th
11:00am – 1:00pm
Amherst Senior Center
370 John James Audubon Parkway, Amherst

Jan 26, 2018 Press Release

On the eve of International Holocaust Remembrance Day, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) Town of Tonawanda Deputy Supervisor John Bargnesi, Village of Kenmore Mayor Patrick Mang, Tonawanda Councilman Dan Crangle of and other local leaders paid tribute to Howard Michael Ehrhardt, a WWII veteran from Western New York, who helped to liberate Dachau (DAAK-HOW), Hitler’s first and longest run concentration camp in Germany.  During a ceremony in Tonawanda Town Hall, Mr.

Jan 16, 2018 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) named nine local veterans to serve as members of his Service Academy Advisory Committee.  The panel recently met to interview local high school students applying to an academy and make recommendations to the Congressman. 

Students applying for enrollment in a U.S. service academy are required to seek a nomination from a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate or the Vice President.  The final decision about which students are admitted to each academy rests exclusively with the admissions office at the individual academy. 

Jan 5, 2018 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced the Congress on Your Corner schedule for the month of January.  Through the program, staff members from Congressman Higgins’ office are available at satellite sites throughout the district to better serve the needs of constituents.

The January Congress on Your Corner schedule is available below:

Tuesday, January 9th
10:00AM – 11:30AM
John Duke Center
1201 Hyde Park Blvd., Niagara Falls

Tuesday, January 16th
10:00AM – 12:00PM
Valley Community Center
93 Leddy Street, Buffalo

Nov 16, 2017 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins, Vice Ranking Member of the House Ways and Means Committee, called the GOP tax bill a “hit on fundamental fairness” before casting vote against the tax package. 

Higgins repeatedly expressed concern that the legislation pays for tax benefits for wealthy corporations at the expense of hardworking Americans and communities like Western New York. 

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