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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 30, 2014 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) spoke on the House Floor in support of proposed legislation to implement necessary reforms at the VA to address the backlogs for veterans in need of medical care. 

Higgins urged swift action to address issues, such as access to timely medical care, upgraded facilities, and consequences for misconduct and poor performance by VA employees. Congressman Higgins also encouraged his colleagues to commit to further reforms in the months ahead, including a unified electronic health records system between the VA and the Department of Defense.

Jul 2, 2014 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) and Supervisor Anthony Caruana presented Town of Tonawanda resident Corporal Lawrence P. Titzler with the Bronze Star and other medals he earned for his service in the United States Army during World War II. 

Apr 27, 2014 Press Release

In a special ceremony, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) and members of the United States Marine Corps presented the family of Montford Point Marine William H. Givens, Jr. with the Congressional Gold Medal for his service during World War II. 

Apr 14, 2014 Press Release


Seventy years after serving in World War II, United States Army veteran and Kenmore resident Carlton Small received the military medals he earned, including a Bronze Star, in a special presentation by Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26), Town of Tonawanda Supervisor Anthony Caruana, and Village of Kenmore Deputy Mayor Tim McCarthy.  

Mar 19, 2014 Press Release

Private First Class Doral Cummings fought in World War II and earned 11 medals including the Bronze Star and Purple Heart. Unfortunately Doral Cummings passed away in 1997 and never received his Bronze Star. Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) presented the Cummings family, from North Tonawanda, with the Bronze Star, Purple Heart and additional medals earned 69 over years ago.

Jan 14, 2014 Press Release
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) spoke on the House Floor in support of H.R. 3397, legislation introduced by Congresswoman Lois Capps (CA-24), which would create guidelines for authenticating a veteran’s record through unofficial sources. After a fire at a military records warehouse in 1973, as many as 18 million veterans’ records were destroyed and cannot always be recreated through other official sources.
Dec 23, 2013 Press Release
Congressman Brian Higgins presented the family of United States Army veteran Simon Zulia with a Bronze Star and additional military recognitions for his exemplary service in two of World War II’s most prominent campaigns.  Also, in a surprise to the family, Simon’s son, Steve Zulia was presented with a medal he never received for sustaining life threatening injuries while on duty as a Niagara County Sheriff’s Deputy.