Thursday, May 2, 2013

Donnelly Introduces His First Senate Bill--Military Suicide Prevention

Last week Senator Joe Donnelly introduced his first bill as U.S. Senator, the Jacob Sexton Military Suicide Prevention Act of 2013, which would establish a pilot program in each of the military services and reserve components to integrate annual mental health assessments into a servicemember’s Periodic Health Assessment (PHA) and identify risk factors for mental illness so that servicemembers can access preventative care. Donnelly said: “In 2012, approximately 349 members of the United States Military, including active duty, Guard, and Reserve, committed suicide, more than the total number of servicemembers who died in combat operations. This number does not even include the more than 6,000 veterans who committed suicide in 2012. This is unacceptable. This has to end."

Senator Donnelly introduces his bill to the Senate below.