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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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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. 

Nov 13, 2012 Press Release

In front of a crowd of family and friends attending a USO Dance at the Orchard Park American Legion, Congressman Brian Higgins presented Michael Davidovich with a Bronze Star Medal he earned 67 years earlier.  

Oct 26, 2012 Press Release

Representatives Kathy Hochul and Brian Higgins joined Erie County Department of Veteran Services Director Carlos M. Benitez and leaders from UPS to recognize several Western New York employees who have delivered outstanding service for the company and for the country. 

Sep 28, 2012 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins presented Clayton John, a local World War II veteran with several long-overdue service medals.  Mr. John, a veteran of the United States Navy Reserve served in the military from 1942 to 1946.