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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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.