Monday - November 27, 2017 1:56 am

Tomah VA trying to put scandal behind it and regain trust of vets

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Prescription drug abuse and the drug death of a Marine veteran exposed problems

Scandal has plagued the Veterans Administration in Wisconsin over the past few years.

It's been trying to regain trust from rank-and-file vets ever since.

Wisconsin's Jake Leinenkugel is the White House advisor on veterans' affairs. He thinks that trust is being regained quickly. He says polls show trust rising from just 50 percent a couple years ago to 72 percent now.

"Now that's quite a leap," Leinenkugel said. "I still look at that as not a passing grade. We need to get to 85-90 percent in the next two years."

The Tomah VA is trying to put behind it, prescription drug abuse and the drug death of a Marine veteran.

"We need to regain the trust of our veterans that the VA is their home where they're going to get the best quality care," Leinenkugel said.

Leinenkugel is a former brewery head from western Wisconsin who's been a White House advisor 10 months now.

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Brad Williams

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from U-W-La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area.  Brad writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse.  He's been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.  

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