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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.