Marvin and Linda Simcakoski, parents of Jason Simcakoski, said that things are finally looking up after President Barack Obama signed multiple bills, two of which specifically titled with Jason’s name, into actual law this Friday.
“Things are getting better,” said Marvin.
Unfortunately Jason passed away in 2014 promptly after he received harmful care at the Tomah Veterans Affair Center. Records show that Jason’s doctors at the time had prescribed Jason over 14 different drugs. Jason was a 35-year-old Marine Corps Veteran.
After Jason’s passing, the news has continually aired his story. It has been extremely difficult for Marvin and Linda to escape from the public eye.
“It keeps being brought up about what happened to Jason, so it keeps hitting home you know.”
However the family’s long fight to get justice for their son has finally paid off.
“And it’s like, wow. This is what we wanted,” said Linda.
One of the many bills signed by the president was “The Jason Simcakoski Memorial Opioid Safety Act”. This bill was specifically authored by Wisconsin Democratic Senator Tammy Baldwin however the Simcakoskis definitely played an important part.
“I thought it was very important for us to give them our feedback and changes that we felt were important,” Linda said.
The second piece of legislation that was passed in Jason’s name was what is now known as “The Promise Act”.
Both of these new and prominent pieces of legislation focus on improving the prescribing guidelines as well as key areas in pain management services.
Although Jason’s parents are thrilled with this achievement, they are still at a loss.
“It’s just sad that it takes something bad to happen for something good to happen,” said Marvin.
Although he is gone, Jason’s parents claim that Jason is still helping homecoming veterans have a better life.
“He’s somebody that served this country, and now he’s helping the other veterans out there to keep them safe and give them a chance of a good life after serving their country,” said Marvin.