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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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Apr 21, 2010 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) joined his colleagues in the House of Representatives in approving S.1963, the Caregivers and Veterans Omnibus Health Services Act.

“I have witnessed the extraordinary and inspiring work our service members perform in the most difficult of situations across the world,” said Congressman Higgins.  “We as a nation owe our returning veterans the same devotion and care when they come home.”

Below are just a few of the highlights included in the legislation:

Apr 15, 2010 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) announced the news that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will utilize funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act for the hiring of new employees that will assist its Buffalo VA division with processing claims.

Mar 22, 2010 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) voted with his colleagues in the House of Representatives to approve historical reforms to federal student loan programs that will utilize taxpayer savings and expand college aid while reducing the federal deficit.

Jan 21, 2010 Press Release
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) provided the following resources that allow local residents to stay connected to his efforts locally and in Washington, DC. In addition, the Congressman provided other useful links for federal and local information.
Nov 16, 2009 Press Release
At the conclusion of Veterans’ Week, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) presented Stephen Skowron with the six medals he earned for his service and bravery during World War II. Mr. Skowron, who served in the U.S. Navy from 1942 through 1946, received the WWII Victory Medal, American Campaign Medal, Asiatic Pacific Campaign with three bronze stars, Navy Occupation Service Medal with Asia Clasp, Discharge Button and Honorable Service Lapel Pin. Mr. Skowron resides in South Buffalo.
Nov 11, 2009 Press Release

 Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) joined local veterans in Chautauqua County for a ceremony recognizing those who served and those who are currently serving this nation.  The Congressman presented Sheridan VFW Post 6390 with a flag flown over the United States Capitol during the event.  

To watch a video of the ceremony click here.

Nov 10, 2009 Press Release
In a pre-Veterans’ Day celebration, surrounded by friends and family, Michael Militello was presented with several military medals, including the esteemed Purple Heart, for his contributions while serving in Vietnam. Congressmembers Brian Higgins and Chris Lee formally presented the medals to the local veteran and restaurateur.
Oct 22, 2009 Press Release
"Today the Veterans Health Care Budget Reform and Transparency Act became law, setting in motion a process that removes the politics and delays in veterans health care budgeting all too common over the last two decades. Our returning military men and women deserve better, reliable, comprehensive health services from the nation they work so selflessly to defend and this is an important part of several initiatives advanced by this Congress that delivers on that promise."
Oct 22, 2009 Press Release
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) announced special payments are now available to over 185,000 service members who have had their enlistments involuntarily extended since September 11, 2001. The provision provides service members with $500 for every month they were held under stop-loss orders. The measure was included in H.R.2346, the Supplemental Appropriation Act, approved by the House of Representatives on June 16, 2009 and signed by the President on June 24.
Oct 8, 2009 Press Release
This morning Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) gave testimony at the Veterans Affairs Subcommittee on Disability Assistance & Memorial Affairs urging changes which would prevent the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) from taking money that states give to veterans out of federal veterans’ pensions.