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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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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.

Sep 22, 2015 Press Release

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. 

Sep 11, 2015 Press Release

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.

Aug 17, 2015 Press Release

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.”

Aug 7, 2015 Press Release

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.”

Aug 4, 2015 Press Release

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.