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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.

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Dec 7, 2016 Press Release

As the nation and the world mark the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor in solemn remembrance, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) paid tribute to those who served in the battle including South Buffalo’s own United States Army Corporal Earl Wickett. 


Oct 20, 2016 Press Release

Buffalo - Mayors of the Cities of Buffalo (Byron W. Brown), Niagara Falls (Paul Dyster), Lockport (Anne McCaffrey) and Tonawanda (Rick Davis) are pleased to announce an effective end to Veteran homelessness in response to First Lady Michelle Obama’s call to action through the Mayors Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness in Western New York (WNY).

Sep 30, 2016 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced that the President has signed legislation approved by the House of Representatives and Senate which will allow for the Kids Korner program at the Buffalo VA Medical Center to remain open.

“We need to do more than say ‘thank you’ to our veterans, we need to show our thanks by making sure that access to quality care and services are available,” said Congressman Higgins.  “Kids Korner fills a demonstrated need to remove childcare as a barrier to veterans getting the healthcare they need and deserve.”

Sep 14, 2016 Press Release

Kids Korner at the Buffalo VA Medical Center is one step closer to renewal thanks to approval of legislation announced by Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26).   The program offers free childcare to veterans visiting the VA Western New York Healthcare System for health and mental health appointments. 

“Kids Korner meets a need among veteran parents and grandparent caregivers who in increasing numbers are finding access to childcare as a barrier to meeting their own healthcare needs,” said Congressman Higgins.  

Sep 12, 2016 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced a $15,000 federal grant for Buffalo Sabres Warriors Hockey, a Western New York initiative providing opportunities for on-ice traditional and sled hockey programs for local veterans. 

Sep 2, 2016 Press Release

On September 2, 2016 as the nation marked the 71st anniversary of the end of World War II, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) presented United States Navy veteran Leo Andrew Wabick with medals earned while serving during World War II.

“This anniversary is a time to reflect on the sacrifices made by Mr. Wabick and the thousands of others who bravely served during World War II,” said Congressman Higgins.  “On behalf of a grateful nation, it is our privilege to have this opportunity to present service medals earned over seven decades ago.”

Jan 27, 2016 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) joined members of the U.S. Air Force Auxiliary, Civil Air Patrol for a special presentation of a Congressional Gold Medal to Niagara Falls resident Frank A. Supkowski. 

“On behalf of a grateful nation, we are honored to recognize the service of Frank Supkowski, who eagerly sought to support the work of U.S. troops and defend this country as a member of the Civil Air Patrol and later a member of the United States Army,” said Congressman Higgins. 

Dec 7, 2015 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced legislation that would eliminate the fee charged to veterans to access their military records from the National Archives, the Access to Military Service Records Act of 2015 (H.R. 4159). The announcement coincides with the anniversary of the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor during World War II, which happened 74 years ago today.

Sep 22, 2015 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) is once again fighting to save the Kids Korner program at the VA Western New York Healthcare System set to expire at the end of 2015.  In a letter to the House of Representatives Veterans’ Affairs Committee, Higgins, Rep. Julia Brownley and other members are seeking reauthorization of VA Child Care pilot program in legislation extending Department of Veterans Affairs programs. 

Sep 11, 2015 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) spoke on the Floor of the House of Representatives this week in support of the “Restore Honor to Service Members Act.” The bill, cosponsored by Higgins and introduced by Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Congressman Mark Pocan, seeks to upgrade the discharge status of thousands of veterans that received less-than-honorable discharges from the military for being gay.