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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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Jul 26, 2017 Press Release
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced approval of H.R. 3218, The Harry W Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2017.
Jan 23, 2017 Press Release

Nearly 74 years after entering the United States Army, Corporal Howard Tobin received the medals he earned while serving during World War II.  Mr. Tobin accepted both French and U.S. military service medals in a special ceremony with Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) and French Honorary Consul Pascal Soarès held at Cheektowaga Town Hall. 

Dec 7, 2016 Press Release

As the nation and the world mark the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor in solemn remembrance, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) paid tribute to those who served in the battle including South Buffalo’s own United States Army Corporal Earl Wickett. 


Oct 20, 2016 Press Release

Buffalo - Mayors of the Cities of Buffalo (Byron W. Brown), Niagara Falls (Paul Dyster), Lockport (Anne McCaffrey) and Tonawanda (Rick Davis) are pleased to announce an effective end to Veteran homelessness in response to First Lady Michelle Obama’s call to action through the Mayors Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness in Western New York (WNY).

Sep 30, 2016 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced that the President has signed legislation approved by the House of Representatives and Senate which will allow for the Kids Korner program at the Buffalo VA Medical Center to remain open.

“We need to do more than say ‘thank you’ to our veterans, we need to show our thanks by making sure that access to quality care and services are available,” said Congressman Higgins.  “Kids Korner fills a demonstrated need to remove childcare as a barrier to veterans getting the healthcare they need and deserve.”

Sep 14, 2016 Press Release

Kids Korner at the Buffalo VA Medical Center is one step closer to renewal thanks to approval of legislation announced by Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26).   The program offers free childcare to veterans visiting the VA Western New York Healthcare System for health and mental health appointments. 

“Kids Korner meets a need among veteran parents and grandparent caregivers who in increasing numbers are finding access to childcare as a barrier to meeting their own healthcare needs,” said Congressman Higgins.  

Sep 12, 2016 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced a $15,000 federal grant for Buffalo Sabres Warriors Hockey, a Western New York initiative providing opportunities for on-ice traditional and sled hockey programs for local veterans. 

Sep 2, 2016 Press Release

On September 2, 2016 as the nation marked the 71st anniversary of the end of World War II, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) presented United States Navy veteran Leo Andrew Wabick with medals earned while serving during World War II.

“This anniversary is a time to reflect on the sacrifices made by Mr. Wabick and the thousands of others who bravely served during World War II,” said Congressman Higgins.  “On behalf of a grateful nation, it is our privilege to have this opportunity to present service medals earned over seven decades ago.”

Jan 27, 2016 Press Release

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. 

Dec 7, 2015 Press Release

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.