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Caring for our veterans is far more than thanking them for their service. As veterans return home from overseas, our nation has an obligation to assist them in preparing to reenter into civilian life, including ensuring affordable healthcare, access to earned benefits, and the skills and training needed to fill both the jobs of today and tomorrow. To that end, Brian has introduced H.R. 2169, the Veterans Education Flexibility Act, which would eliminate the deadlines for veterans to use the educational benefits they have earned.  Brian is also committed to help end the backlog for VA benefits and reducing the unacceptably high unemployment rate for returning veterans. 

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Dec 12, 2019 Press Release

Washington, DC – U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-NY), U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), and Congressman Brian Higgins (D-NY-26) today announced that following their push, the FY 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) includes their provision to increase funding for the National Maritime Heritage Grant Program.

Dec 11, 2019 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced approval by the House of Representatives of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) conference report, authorizing national defense funding and related programs for fiscal year 2020. 

Nov 26, 2019 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) joined a meeting of the Military Order of the Purple Heart Chapter 187 to pay tribute to the service of the Nation’s Purple Heart recipients and honor one of their members, Roger Dearmyer.   


Roger was born on September 9, 1945 to parents Jeanne and Howard.  He grew up with his three brothers in Buffalo before moving to Cheektowaga.  Following high school, Roger went to work in a law office until receiving a draft notice for the Vietnam War.


Nov 26, 2019 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) joined a meeting of the Military Order of the Purple Heart Chapter 187 to announce introduction of the Purple Heart Flag Act (H.R. 5237), legislation officially designating a Purple Heart flag and making public display of the flag at federal facilities protocol on specific days.


Nov 9, 2019 Press Release

Several months ago, the United States Postal Service reached out to the office of Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) after discovering original Purple Heart documents from 1944. They sought to make sure that the official documents were safely returned to the relatives of Corporal Henry Mazurkiewicz.


Congressman Higgins’ office was able to find basic information about Henry Mazurkiewicz and started putting together a family tree. However, additional information was necessary to identify next-of-kin.


Oct 30, 2019 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) took to the House floor to recognize the unanimous House passage of H.R. 886, the Veteran Treatment Court Coordination Act, a bill that he cosponsored which creates a Veterans Treatment Court Program within the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) that provides grants, training, and technical assistance to state and local governments in order to establish and operate the courts in their communities.


Oct 25, 2019 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) joined VA Western New York Healthcare System Executive Director Michael Swartz and Recreation Therapy Supervisor Pam Kaznowski in recognizing four Western New York veterans whose creative pieces will be featured nationally.


Oct 4, 2019 Press Release

Hispanic Heritage Council of WNY President Casimiro Rodriguez Accepts Military Medals Earned by His Brother, the Late Gabriel A. Rodriguez


During a joint Hispanic Heritage Month event hosted by the Hispanic Heritage Council of Western New York and the Buffalo & Erie County Naval & Military Park, the community gathered to celebrate the service of Western New York Hispanic American veterans. 


Oct 2, 2019 Press Release

During a ceremony at the Frontiersman VFW Post 7545 in Tonawanda, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) presented Staff Sergeant Carl Koeppelle with the military medals he received while serving in the United States Army during World War II.


Congressman Higgins said, “Over seven decades ago, Staff Sergeant Koeppelle bravely fought for this county during World War II.  Today, on behalf of a grateful nation, it is an honor to present him with the long overdue recognition he deserves.” 


Oct 1, 2019 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced The Veterans One-stop Center of WNY is the recipient of a Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) grant totaling $250,000 from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to continue the end of veteran homelessness in Western New York. The Veterans One-stop Center will implement SSVF throughout Erie, Niagara, Genesee, Orleans, and Wyoming counties.