Donnelly introduces bill in soldier's name

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Spotting potential mental health problems in America's Military men and women is the focus of a bill introduced by Indiana's junior senator Joe Donnelly.

It's his first bill since taking office in January. 

The bill is named after Jacob Sexton, a soldier from Farmland, Indiana, just outside Muncie, who committed suicide while home on leave from Afghanistan.

The bill adds mental health screening to a service members' comprehensive periodic health assessment.

“So that in talking to that particular service member we can look to see if there are certain markers or certain flags to in effect detect early if there might be some mental health challenges,” Donnelly said.

The mental health screenings initially would be part of a pilot program.

Senator Donnelly says there is strong support for the bill.

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