Donnelly pushes military suicide prevention bill

(WISH Photo/Brett Bensley, file)
(WISH Photo/Brett Bensley, file)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Indiana Senator Joe Donnelly, a Democrat, teamed with Mississippi Republican Roger Wicker to introduce an updated bill this week that is aimed at preventing military suicides.

The bill is named after Farmland, Indiana National Guardsman Jacob Sexton, who killed himself while on leave from Afghanistan in 2009.

The Jacob Sexton Military Suicide Prevention Act of 2014 is aimed at better identifying servicemembers with mental health issues and getting them help. The bill would require assessments of all servicemembers, improvements in mental health services, better reporting, and privacy protection for servicemembers seeking treatment.

More than 470 servicemembers committed suicide in 2013. Military leaders report an unprecedented spike in suicides this year. provides commenting on many stories to allow for constructive discussion. In order to comment, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms and Conditions. Anyone violating these terms, including the use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinion of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, flag it so our moderators can review.

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