Records show veteran called Kind before death

Records show veteran called Kind before death
Posted at 12:26 PM, Jun 02, 2016

LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) -- Newly released records show a Marine veteran contacted U.S. Rep. Ron Kind before he died at the U.S. Veterans Affairs facility in Tomah.

The La Crosse Tribune reported Thursday that Jason Simcakoski called Kind's office in the year before he died in August 2014 from a toxic cocktail of more than a dozen drugs.

The phone records were released Tuesday as part of a Senate committee's investigation into the Tomah facility. They show that Simcakoski made 29 calls to law enforcement agencies.

The log shows a nearly eight-minute call to Kind's Washington office in November 2013.

Kind said Tuesday that he had no knowledge of the call but his office will "conduct a thorough review" of its files.