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Sen. Joe Donnelly Hoping To Curb Military Suicides

Last updated on Saturday, June 1, 2013

(INDIANAPOLIS) - Senator Joe Donnelly is traveling the state speaking with veterans, active service members and health officials hoping to find a way to curb military suicides.

Senator Donnelly had introduced a bill in April named after Farmland-native Jacob Sexton. Sexton killed himself while home on leave from Afghanistan.

Donnelly's bill adds mental health screenings to service members' comprehensive periodic health assessment.

Last year alone the U.S. lost more service members to suicide than in Afghanistan.

Donnelly went to the IU School of Health Thursday, where they're doing research to try to put an end to the epidemic. Professors are doing research into how to change the way the brain thinks about suicide.

Donnelly encourages any veteran who's having problems to call his office directly or talk to the VA to get help.

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