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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 3, 2013 Press Release
In response to notifications that the Buffalo VA Medical Center’s Childcare Service Center will be closed on September 30, 2013, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) called on Congressional leaders to include continued funding for the Department of Veterans Affairs childcare pilot program in a Continuing Resolution for FY 2014.
Jul 3, 2013 Press Release
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) was joined by veterans at Daemen College in Amherst, NY to announce the introduction of H.R. 2169, the Veterans Education Flexibility Act.
May 23, 2013 Press Release
Congressman Brian Higgins released the following statement in response to details about record mismanagement at the Veteran’s Administration Western New York Healthcare System
May 1, 2013 Press Release
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) and City of Lackawanna Mayor Geoff Szymanski kicked off National Military Appreciation month by presenting local Army Veteran Charles Switalski a Purple Heart and other service medals earned while serving during the Korean War.
Apr 23, 2013 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) and Erie County Clerk Chris Jacobs presented Western New York veteran Robert Franz with a Purple Heart for injuries suffered during the Vietnam War.  The medal, presented to Mr. Franz nearly 47 years to the date of his injury, is the Army veteran’s second Purple Heart.  

Apr 19, 2013 Press Release

The National Veterans Golden Age Games, May 30 to June 4, will bring 850 Veterans and their families from around the country to Buffalo.

Apr 8, 2013 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins was joined by Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz, members of the U.S. Marine Corps, local veterans, and others in the Western New York community for a special presentation of the Congressional Gold Medal to Montford Point Marine Veteran Roscoe Brown.   

Mar 27, 2013 Press Release

U.S. Senator Charles Schumer and Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) stood with Visit Buffalo Niagara President, Dottie Gallagher-Cohen, local veterans and business representatives to protest the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) decision to “postpone” the 27th Annual “Warriors on the Waterfront” Golden Age Games, scheduled to have taken place in Western New York beginning May 30, 2013. 

Mar 20, 2013 Press Release

 Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) expressed shock and disappointment upon learning of plans by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to “postpone” the 2013 National Veterans Golden Age Games in Buffalo, NY.  Higgins is urging the VA Secretary to reconsider and proceed with the event, titled Warriors on the Waterfront scheduled for May 30 through June 4, 2013.  

Jan 31, 2013 Press Release

 Following an incident at the Veterans Hospital in Buffalo exposing patients to infection due to faulty insulin pen use, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) is saying warning signs should have prevented this error and is asking for improved coordination and communication to safeguard United States veterans.