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Donnelly Backs New Bill Aimed At Combatting Military Suicide

Joe Donnelly

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Donnelly's bill tries to make communication about mental illness between soldiers and their superiors easier.

During the first stop on a six-city tour aimed at preventing military suicides, Indiana Senator Joe Donnelly Thursday announced he’s authored a bill named after a Hoosier soldier who took his own life.

The Jacob Sexton Military Suicide Prevention Act is named after the Farmland, Indiana native who committed suicide while home in 2009. The bill would establish a pilot program to integrate mental health screenings into service members’ annual health assessments.

Donnelly says the bill also aims to open the lines of communication between service members and their commanding officers about any problems they have, and then to provide them the proper care.

More service members committed suicide in 2012 than died in combat operations in Afghanistan.

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