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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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Mar 23, 2015 Press Release


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. 

Mar 11, 2015 Press Release


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.

Mar 6, 2015 Press Release

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.

Feb 3, 2015 Press Release



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. 

Dec 23, 2014 Press Release

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.  

Dec 9, 2014 Press Release

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.”  

Dec 5, 2014 Press Release

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. 

Nov 6, 2014 Press Release


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. 

Oct 21, 2014 Press Release


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.