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Lawmakers supporting veteran legislation



Changes stem from death at Tomah VA

Senators Dick Durbin, Al Franken and Amy Klobuchar are the latest in a line of lawmakers nationwide endorsing legislation brought forward by Senator Tammy Baldwin.

The support, all stemming from events that took place at the Tomah Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Baldwin’s bipartisan legislation is aimed at providing safer and more effective pain management services to veterans.

The Jason Simcakoski Memorial Opioid Safety Act is named after U.S. Marine Veteran Jason Simcakoski, who died at the Tomah VA, as a result of mixed drug toxicity.

Baldwin’s legislation focuses on strengthening the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs opioid prescribing guidelines and improving pain management services by putting the following reforms in place.

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