A Veteran who died last year while receiving care
from the Tomah V-A was remembered today.
His family and friends gathered today to dedicate
a painting in honor of Jason Simcakoski Sim-kus-key
and what he has sacrificed for this country,
Simcakoski Sim-kus-key died at the Tomah V-A as a
result of a series of failures by the V-A.
After an exhaustive investigation it was found that
Simcakoski Sim-kus-key died from mixed drug toxicity.
As a result, the Tomah V-A has undergone many changes.
from policies to management.
Although it has been a tough year, Jason's father
is proud of his son and the impact his death has had
on so many.
-we get calls from people all over the us thanking
us and thanking what jason has done to help change
things around, it's not just in VA hospitals but public
hospitals, so there are big changes being made all
Many people attended the memorial service.
including representatives from Sean Duffy.
and Ron Johnson's offices and Tammy Baldwin.
She says the dedication to Jason today has helped
everyone rededicate their efforts to fixing the problems
at the Tomah V-A.
The acting medical center director says the changes
will impact millions of veterans.
BALDWIN -its been such an honor to work with jasons
family on legislation that is bipartisan in nature
to make sure no other family has to face that tragedy
John ---the VA is a large organization so a change
that is made at one facility, will impact vets across
The painting dedicated to Jason is hanging in the
hallway of the Patient Dining Facility at the Tomah