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Donnelly Introduces Suicide Prevention Act

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Freshman Indiana US Senator Joe Donnelly introduced his first bill Thursday, the Jacob Sexton Military Suicide Prevention Act of 2013. Donnelly says last year, our nation lost more troops to suicide than to combat in Afghanistan. He says the legislation would create a pilot program integrating mental health assessments into a servicemember’s health assessments and involve first-line supervisors’ input to identify risk factors in evaluating readiness to serve. Sexton was a 21-year-old National Guard soldier from rural Farmland, Indiana, who authorities say fatally shot himself while watching a movie at a theater with friends in October of 2009 while on a 15-day leave from Afghanistan.
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