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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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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.  
Dec 3, 2013 Press Release
In 1943, five sons of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Jackson of Lackawanna joined the U.S. Army, left Lackawanna, NY, and were deployed to five separate parts of the globe to fight for the Allied Forces in World War II. Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) recognized their service by presenting the Jackson family with the medals that they earned for serving their country.
Nov 27, 2013 Press Release
Exactly 63 years ago, on November 27, 1950, during the Korean War, Corporal Richard J. Blasinski saved many lives. He was awarded the Silver Star but was never formally recognized before his passing in 1991. Congressman Brian Higgins held a ceremony to pay tribute to Corporal Blasinski’s lifesaving actions when his country needed him the most.
Nov 13, 2013 Press Release
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) hailed passage of S. 893, the Veterans’ Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act in the House of Representatives. This legislation would provide for an annual cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) increase to veterans compensation of the same amount as the Social Security COLA.
Nov 12, 2013 Press Release
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced that Cazenovia Recovery Systems, Inc. has been awarded $22,367 through the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Grant and Per Diem Program.
Oct 29, 2013 Press Release
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) spoke on the Floor of the House of Representatives to urge his colleagues to make a strong commitment to veterans’ employment. 
Higgins cited the high 22% unemployment rate for young veterans and encouraged support for programs like Helmets to Hardhats, which offer veterans job training and employment in the construction trade.