Sen. Donnelly Addresses Mental Health

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July 16, 2014 — Senator Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) today delivered the keynote address at the Reserve Officers Association’s “Meeting the Mental Health Needs of Military and Veterans: Challenges & Solutions” seminar.

Donnelly spoke about the need to expand mental health assessment programs for all servicemembers, including members of the Active, Guard and Reserve components, as proposed in his Jacob Sexton Military Suicide Prevention Act of 2014.

Donnelly said at the Reserve Officers Association seminar, “When you have challenges, we want you to know you have somebody to talk to, somebody you feel comfortable with, that it won’t affect your career, that you can get a way maybe out of the darkness that you feel and still have an extraordinary career in the Guard, or in the Reserve, or in the Active Duty.

That’s the goal, that’s the hope…Every man and woman who has served our country has a right to come home to peace, to come home to their families, to have a good job, and to know that their country loves them, appreciates them, and that we consider them all extraordinary heroes.

Source: U.S. Senate


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