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At a special presentation, on the eve of the 70th anniversary of the day that Charles J. Dolan was killed in action by enemy forces during World War II, Congressman Brian Higgins and Village of Williamsville Mayor Brian Kulpa presented the Dolan family with the Purple Heart and Bronze Star in recognition of his sacrifices. In addition, a Bronze Star was presented to the family of Frank A. Grassia, Charles Dolan’s brother-in-law, who served with him in the U.S. Army.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) named local residents to serve as members of his Service Academy Advisory Committee. The panel recently met to interview students applying to a military academy and make recommendations to the Congressman.
United States Army Corporal Norman Blatner was captured during the Battle of Hurtgen Forest and held as a Prisoner of War during World War II but made it back to Western New York thanks to a brave escape and special encounter with a German prison guard. Today, Congressman Brian Higgins will be joined by North Tonawanda Mayor Robert Ortt and others as he presents the Blatner family with the Bronze Star, Prisoner of War medal and other recognitions earned by Corporal Blatner for his service.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced approval of H.R. 5059, the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention Act for American Veterans (SAV) Act. This legislation creates a comprehensive community response for coordinated mental health care at Veterans Hospitals across the country. Congressman Higgins cosponsored this legislation.
“Thousands of men and women devote their lives every day to serve our country,” said Congressman Higgins. “We cannot turn our backs on these individuals. This legislation is a step forward to protecting the safety of these service men and women.”
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) recently spoke on the House floor to recognize the significance of this Sunday, December 7, 2014, the “date which will live in infamy.” This date marks the seventy-third anniversary of the attack on the American naval base at Pearl Harbor. Countless men and women lost their lives that day and over a thousand others were wounded.
Just days before the 69 year anniversary of her honorable discharge, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) presented Private Indiana Hunt-Martin with the Women’s Army Corps Service Medal, the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, the World War II Victory Medal, and the Honorable Service Lapel Button for her service during World War II.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) presented military medals and honors, including the Bronze Star, to the family of World War II Veteran Private First Class Samuel J. Insalaco.
The federal government will be launching a pilot program to provide training to veterans seeking jobs in the solar industry and Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) is urging the U.S. Department of Energy to designate the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station as one of the sites.
Congressman Higgins (NY-26) announced approval in the House of Representatives of H.R. 5404, the Extending Veterans Expiring Authorities Act. This bill will provide $1.5 million dollars in funding through December 2015 to continue childcare services at Kids Korner, located at the VA Western NY Healthcare center in Buffalo, and two other child care centers at VA locations in Tacoma, WA and Northport, NY.