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Monday, May 29, 2017

Memorial Day activities in Prescott area

Memorial Day activities in the Prescott area will take place throughout much of the morning of May 29.

An honor guard with members from American Legion Post 61 of Prescott and the VFW Post 9060 of Pierce County will travel throughout the western Pierce County area providing a Memorial Day honor ceremony with a 21-gun salute.

The honor guard will meet at the American Legion Post 61 on Pearl St. in Prescott and start there at 8:30 a.m. Rifles will be fired at 9 a.m. Then the honor guard will head over to the Prescott Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Prescott for a ceremony starting at 9:15 a.m., followed by St. Mary’s Cemetery in Big River at 9:30 a.m., St. John’s UCC Cemetery in Oak Grove at 9:45 a.m.; then back to Mercord Mill Park in Prescott at 10 a.m. for a ceremony between the bridges at 10:15 a.m.

The honor guard will then join the Prescott Memorial Day Parade line-up at 10:30 a.m., which starts at Prescott Middle School. The parade will go through town onwards to the Veteran’s Triangle at St. Joseph’s and Pine Glen cemeteries for a service at 11:15 a.m.

After the service, people are invited to the Memorial Day Chicken Feed at Freedom Park with eat-in and take-out available.  The feed is serving Ptacek IGA’s famous BBQ chicken dinners (including potato salad, beans and bun). Also being served is hot dogs, pop, water, beer and wine coolers  The event is sponsored by the Prescott Area Chamber of Commerce.

Congressman Kind Calls on VA to Increase Transparency about Quality of Care at Health Centers

WASHINGTON D.C. - U.S. Rep. Ron Kind recently sent a letter to the Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Shulkin requesting that they work directly with Wisconsin veterans to improve and simplify the Access and Quality Tool, which helps veterans see how their facility compares to other VA facilities. 

He also requested they continue to collaborate with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to give veterans a greater ability to compare VA facilities with nearby private hospitals.

“When Wisconsinites make health care choices they should have access to all available information. This is especially true when it comes to information about how their VA facility and doctors are performing compared to other health care facilities. I am pleased that the VA took the first steps toward making sure our veterans have access to the Access and Quality Tool and look forward to hearing from them about how they can make it more user friendly for our veterans and their families,” said Rep. Kind.

Read the letter here.

In light of issues at the Tomah VA and other facilities, Rep. Kind has worked to increase transparency and accountability at the VA. His legislation the Inspectors General Transparency Act of 2015, was signed into law last year.

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