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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In advance of Veterans Day, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced introduction of the Access to Military Service Records Act (H.R. 4325), legislation which would eliminate the fee associated with obtaining military records.
“No veteran should have to pay the government for evidence of their sacrifice and service,” said Congressman Higgins. “This fee is inexcusable and should be eliminated.”
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) joined the Western New York community in mourning the loss of City of Buffalo Police Officer Craig Lehner with a special tribute to the fallen officer and soldier on the Floor of the House of Representatives.
In honor of National Prisoner of War/Missing in Action (POW/MIA) Day, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) took time to recognize Frank Louis Garguiolo, believed to be one of just twenty former Prisoners of War living in Western New York. National POW/MIA Recognition Day, established by Congress in 1998, is observed the third Friday in September, which in 2017 falls on September 15.
On the 78th anniversary of the beginning of WWII and the eve of the 72nd anniversary of the end of the war, Congressman Brian Higgins, Town of Tonawanda Supervisor Joe Emminger and United States Navy Lieutenant Commander J.T. Redford presented the Allaire family with the medals Joseph E. Allaire earned while fighting for our country aboard the USS Missouri during World War II.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) was joined by City of Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster, local representatives and members of the United States Army Buffalo Recruiting Station for a special presentation to 100 year-old World War II veteran and Niagara Falls resident Patricia Knibbs.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) joined local Vietnam War veteran Mykola “Nick” Shwec and the family of late Korean War veteran Michael “Mike” Licata at the Purple Heart Memorial, along the Walk of Heroes, at the Buffalo and Erie County Naval & Military Park, to honor the service and sacrifice of both Purple Heart recipients and all veterans on August 7, National Purple Heart Day.
Nearly 74 years after entering the United States Army, Corporal Howard Tobin received the medals he earned while serving during World War II. Mr. Tobin accepted both French and U.S. military service medals in a special ceremony with Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) and French Honorary Consul Pascal Soarès held at Cheektowaga Town Hall.