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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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Sep 28, 2010 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) reminds veterans that October 21, 2010 is the deadline to sign up for retroactive stop loss payments. Troops eligible for these special payments will receive $500 a month for each month their service was involuntarily extended. The Defense Department estimates that, while 145,400 troops are eligible, and only 58,000 claims have been paid out so far.

Sep 23, 2010 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) joined his House of Representatives colleagues to pass H.R. 3199, the Emergency Medic Transition Act. This legislation would streamline the process for military veterans who served as medics to become EMTs, providing an important job opportunity for veterans, who experience an unemployment rate that is three times the national average, and increasing the number of medical personnel available in a crisis.

Aug 16, 2010 Press Release

At a ceremony held at the Purple Heart monument in the Buffalo and Erie County Naval and Military Park, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27), Erie County Legislator John Mills and Aurora Town Councilman Jeffrey Harris presented Specialist Earl Eisensmith with  the Purple Heart Medal for his injuries suffered from combat in Afghanistan. 

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.