Marine Veteran’s death at Tomah VA under investigation by the FBI

Everyone knows that employee whistle blowers at the VA have suffered persecution from higher levels within the VA. This case will need to address multiple questions, beginning with why there was no meaningful response from within the VA or from law enforcement? Who was responsible for all the various prescriptions? Who administered them? What was Dr. Houlihan’s involvement?

Patricia Kime at Military Times writes:

A Senate committee has asked the FBI to explain why a veteran who died at the Tomah, Wisconsin, VA Medical Center contacted law enforcement before his accidental overdose death in August 2014.

Heather Simcakoski, the widow of Marine veteran Jason Simcakoski, testified in March that her husband sent texts and left voice messages with law enforcement agencies charging that some patients at the hospital were selling their prescription pain medications.

The Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee verified that Simcakoski had placed multiple calls to administrators at the Tomah VA, the Tomah police department and the FBI field office in Lacrosse, Wisconsin, in 2013.

Committee Chairman Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., wrote to FBI director James Comey on Monday asking for more information on the nature of the communications as well as the bureau’s response.

Heather Simcakoski told committee members that her husband’s complaints went unheeded and his reports disappeared.

“Some patients were making so much money that they had saved enough … to put a down payment on a house,” Simcakoski testified. “I would like to understand who was responsible for [Jason’s] reports, where they are and why no one did anything.”

The Center for Investigative Reporting published a report in January on problems at the Tomah VA hospital, finding that the number of pain prescriptions quintupled from 2004 to 2012, with rates rising sharply after Dr. David Houlihan, a psychiatrist, was hired as chief of staff.



Jason Simcakoski

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