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Kind returns to La Crosse; discusses bills to help veterans

Drew Kelly



Congressman Ron Kind spent some of Veterans Day at Logan High School. (PHOTO: @RepRonKind on Facebook).

La Crosse Congressman Ron Kind spent time here at home, Monday, talking with a veteran group’s concerns and what it needs from Washington D.C.

Kind is sponsoring the Accelerating Veterans Recovery Outdoors Act, aimed at getting vets outside and active.

“It will force the federal agencies to talk with each other to develop a longer-term strategy,” Kind said. “The goal is to open up recreational opportunities like hunting and fishing for vets given the individual jurisdiction they have.”

More physical health is a best-known practice, Kind says, and can help in another area of veteran care also.

“The Tomah VA is using this whole health approach, where it’s just not about opioids,” Kind said. “It’s about getting them out, active and engaged.”

The bill will include opening the nine-hole golf course on the Tomah VA campus next spring.

Kind also added that he’s working on overturning part of the latest tax reform bill, which taxed the benefits for surviving families of veterans, who had died on the battlefield.

Earlier in the day, Kind attended a Veterans Day ceremony at Logan High School.

Born in Decorah Iowa. I've been a news reporter for the last 10 years, starting right out of college in Fort Dodge, Iowa. Other professional opportunities led me to Marshalltown, Iowa and Antigo Wisconsin, before I finally was afforded the opportunity here in La Crosse. I've been here since 2016. I also act as the voice of local sports, doing play by play of high school and college football and basketball. When not working I enjoy golfing.

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