Ways to get involved

When Jason was being treated at the Tomah VA, he and his dad, Marv, would often play on the Tomah VA Golf Course. Marv Simcakoski said, “When our son was here, I used to golf with him at the golf course and there was a lot of other veterans who used the course at the time. Then shortly after Jason died, the course closed and it has been sitting there ever since, unused. We’ve heard from other veterans and they want to see it reopened. For veterans at the Tomah VA, it helps bring them outside instead of sitting in their rooms and it also provides opportunities for veterans and their families in the community to spend time together.

Because of limitations placed by legislation for use of General Post Funds, the Tomah VA Hospital is no longer aloud to allocate funds to operate the nine-hole golf course adjacent to the facility. As a natural first step, the Simmy Foundation is raising funds needed to renovate and reopen the golf course. Not only will this provide a valuable resource to veterans being treated at Tomah as an alternative method for increasing physical activity and contribute to overall health and wellness, it will become a valuable resource to all Veterans in our community to gather and socialize to build the comradery they once enjoyed during active duty.