Marine veteran remembered during dedication ceremony

Tomah VA dedicates painting to Simcakoski family

A Veteran who died last year while receiving care from the Tomah VA was remembered Sunday afternoon.

His family and friends gathered to dedicate a painting in honor of Jason Simcakoski and what he has sacrificed for this country,

Simcakoski died at the Tomah VA as a result of a series of failures by the VA. After an exhaustive investigation it was found that Simcakoski 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, Simcakosk’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 over,” said Marvin Simcakoski.

Many people attended the memorial service including representatives from Sean Duffy, Ron Kind and Ron Johnson’s offices and Tammy Baldwin.

Baldwin said the dedication to Jason has helped everyone rededicate their efforts to fixing the problems at the Tomah VA.

“It’s been such an honor to work with Jason’s family on legislation that is bipartisan in nature to make sure no other family has to face that tragedy,” said Baldwin.

The acting medical center director said the changes will impact millions of veterans.

“The VA is a large organization so a change that is made at one facility, will impact vets across the country,” said John Rohrer.

The painting dedicated to Jason is hanging in the hallway of the Patient Dining Facility at the Tomah VA.