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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 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.    

Jan 29, 2013 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) and Town of Tonawanda Supervisor Anthony Caruana recently presented Town of Tonawanda Resident Elias Abousaid with a Purple Heart for wounds received in action during his service in Iraq.

Jan 24, 2013 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) presented local World War II veteran Helen Jacob with a number of military medals she earned for her distinguished service in the United States Army.  

Jan 22, 2013 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) confirmed that the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) Inspector General has initiated a review of the circumstances surrounding the reuse of insulin pens at the VA Western New York Health Center in Buffalo.  

Jan 15, 2013 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) is asking the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Inspector General to begin an independent investigation of the Buffalo VA Medical Center.  The request comes in response to recent revelations that the facility was reusing multi-dose insulin pens, intended for individual patient use, on multiple patients risking cross contamination and potential exposure to Hepatitis and HIV.  

Dec 12, 2012 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) named nine local residents to serve as members of his Service Academy Advisory Committee.  Appointees met recently to interview students applying to a military academy and make recommendations to Congressman Higgins.  

Nov 15, 2012 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins presented World War II Veteran William Wilson, Sr. with several long-overdue military medals for his service in the U.S. Navy.