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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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May 23, 2019 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced passage through the House of Representatives of several bills aimed at helping veterans.  The legislation addresses issues ranging from health care and transitional services, with a strong emphasis on suicide prevention. 


Congressman Higgins said: “These bipartisan bills represent ways that we can continue expressing our nation’s gratitude to its veterans by always improving the service we provide and making sure that benefits and available resources are of the quality our veterans deserve.”


May 21, 2019 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) took to the Floor of the House of Representatives calling for swift approval of legislation to fix a provision of the new tax law which created steep tax increases on benefits for families of fallen soldiers.  Higgins is an original cosponsor of the Gold Star Family Tax Relief Act, bipartisan legislation (H.R. 2481) which corrects the problem. 

May 15, 2019 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced the House passage of H.R. 299, the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2019. The bill, of which Congressman Higgins is one of 333 bipartisan cosponsors, was approved with unanimous support.


May 3, 2019 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced introduction of bipartisan legislation to fix a new provision of the tax code hurting the families of our fallen military. 

Apr 26, 2019 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) was joined by the VA Western New York Healthcare System (VAWNYHS) Executive Director Michael J. Swartz and Associate Chief of Staff for Research and Professor of Medicine, Anesthesiology and Environmental Health at the University of Buffalo, Dr. Ali El-solh, to announce federal grants from the Department of Veterans Affairs supporting three separate research projects at the Buffalo VA Medical Center. The three grants represent a total of $2,413,635 in funding awarded to the Buffalo VA.


Feb 8, 2019 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced passage through the House of Representatives of H.R. 840, the Veterans Access to Child Care Act, by a vote of 400-9. The bill was introduced by Congresswoman Julia Brownley (CA-26) and Higgins with 20 cosponsors, and was referred to the full House after it passed in the Veterans Affairs Committee.


Jan 30, 2019 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) joined Congresswoman Julia Brownley (D-CA) in introducing the Veterans’ Access to Child Care Act, legislation which would make permanent the VA’s Child Care Pilot Program and expand it so that veterans across the nation who are primary caretakers have a convenient, cost-free option for child care when they have VA medical appointments.

Dec 21, 2018 Press Release

World War II veteran Andrew J. Dodges reached out to Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) in late November with a Christmas wish: to receive a new set of the military service medals he earned while serving in the United States Army.  Corporal Dodges’ medals, including a Bronze Star and Purple Heart, were stolen from his home. 

Nov 2, 2018 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) honored over 40 local veterans who served during the Vietnam War during a ceremony at the Veteran One-Stop Center of Western New York.

The America Vietnam War Commemoration was authorized by Congress, established under the Secretary of Defense, and launched to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War.  

Oct 28, 2018 Press Release

At the Buffalo and Erie County Naval and Military Park, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) presented the family of Private James Peter Tymon with long-overdue recognition for his sacrifice in service to the United States during World War I.

“A century ago Private Tymon lost his life bravely defending this country,” said Congressman Higgins.  “It is our honor to present his family with a lasting expression of gratitude from the nation he faithfully served.”