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Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) joined members of the U.S. Air Force Auxiliary, Civil Air Patrol for a special presentation of a Congressional Gold Medal to Niagara Falls resident Frank A. Supkowski.
“On behalf of a grateful nation, we are honored to recognize the service of Frank Supkowski, who eagerly sought to support the work of U.S. troops and defend this country as a member of the Civil Air Patrol and later a member of the United States Army,” said Congressman Higgins.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced legislation that would eliminate the fee charged to veterans to access their military records from the National Archives, the Access to Military Service Records Act of 2015 (H.R. 4159). The announcement coincides with the anniversary of the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor during World War II, which happened 74 years ago today.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) is once again fighting to save the Kids Korner program at the VA Western New York Healthcare System set to expire at the end of 2015. In a letter to the House of Representatives Veterans’ Affairs Committee, Higgins, Rep. Julia Brownley and other members are seeking reauthorization of VA Child Care pilot program in legislation extending Department of Veterans Affairs programs.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) spoke on the Floor of the House of Representatives this week in support of the “Restore Honor to Service Members Act.” The bill, cosponsored by Higgins and introduced by Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Congressman Mark Pocan, seeks to upgrade the discharge status of thousands of veterans that received less-than-honorable discharges from the military for being gay.
Congressman Brian Higgins, New York State Senator Robert Ortt and City of North Tonawanda Mayor Arthur Pappas remembered the life and service of Robert “Bob” Clark, former Alderman and longtime member of the United States Armed Forces during a special ceremony at Veterans’ Park.
“Bob Clark’s life service represents an extraordinary commitment to his community and country,” said Congressman Higgins. “It is our honor to see that his service and that of a devoted military family be forever remembered.”
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) joined local veterans, including members of the Vietnam Veterans of America and Military Order of the Purple Heart, to announce the addition of 280 names, of Vietnam veterans from Western New York who were killed in action, to the National Purple Heart Hall of Honor.
“This is truly an incredible undertaking led by veterans on a mission to remember their own,” said Congressman Higgins. “We are honored to assist the effort to forever memorialize the service and sacrifices of these fallen Western New York service members.”
During the Wingate Wallace “National Night Out” Block Party, community leaders and residents took time to recognize the military service of two of their neighbors who served during World War II. 2015 marks the 70th anniversary of the end of the war. Private First Class Frank W. Parlato served in the United States Army and Claire Ruth Swanson Smith served in the United States Navy WAVES program during the war.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) was joined by VA Western New York Healthcare System Director Brian Stiller and local veterans to announce the introduction of a bill to improve access to child care for veterans receiving health care at U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) and City of Tonawanda Mayor Rick Davis presented United States Army veteran Albin Mazur, a City of Tonawanda resident, with a Bronze Star and other military recognitions for his service during World War II.