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Donnelly bill aimed at preventing military suicides could pass this week

By Olivia Covington TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — A bill aimed at preventing suicides among military members is expected to pass the U.S. Senate this week. Sen. Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., authored the Jacob Sexton Military Prevention Suicide Act of 2014 because he believes the U.S. military needs to improve its mental health screening system. “This will be […]

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Veterans invited to share their stories for national project

INDIANAPOLIS – Veterans can have their stories memorialized as part of the Veterans History Project during an event Aug. 25 in Fishers. U.S. Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., who serves on the Senate Armed Services Committee, will host the program from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Hamilton East Public Library. The Veterans History Project is […]

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Donnelly helps extend highway and transportation funding

By Emily Metheny TheStatehouseFile.com WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Senate agreed on Tuesday to pass an act to help the shortfalls of the Highway Trust Fund that would take effect in early August, but Sen. Joe Donnelly said that a more permanent solution needs to be found. The Highway and Transportation Funding Act of 2014 would […]

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Donnelly, Petraeus seek to help soldiers with financial issues

By Seth Morin TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly brought Holly Petraeus – who advocates for service members – to Indianapolis to tell members of the Indiana National Guard they are not alone as they face financial challenges in their lives. The pair met with groups of veteran service officers, local citizens, and with […]

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Donnelly visits France as part of D-Day commemoration

By Emily Metheny TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly honored veterans and fallen soldiers by walking on the beaches they stormed 70 years ago on Saturday. The Democrat flew to Caen, France, on June 5. The next day, he traveled to Pointe du Hoc, then to Omaha Beach before stopping for a ceremony involving […]

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Analysis: 2012 wins give Democrats hope for this and future elections

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – U.S. Rep. Andre Carson looked across a sea of Democrats at the party’s state convention on Saturday and issued a challenge: Take back the Indiana Statehouse. Maybe not this year, he acknowledged to some cautious applause from the crowd. It might take a little time, what with the Republicans […]

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Indiana delegation looks to new leadership to fix VA issues

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Hoosier lawmakers said Friday they look forward to new veterans affairs leadership after Secretary Eric Shinseki resigned under pressure over problems involving cover ups and wait times for care at government-run hospitals. But lawmakers said the resignation doesn’t solve the VA’s problems. “Congress and the American people must not […]

Donnelly: Military suicide prevention plan is headed to full Senate

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Donnelly: Military suicide prevention plan is headed to full Senate

By Paige Clark TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly says his proposal to prevent military suicide has a better chance of passage because it has been added to a larger federal defense bill. The defense bill has passed the last 52 years and Donnelly is confident it will pass for a 53rd time this […]

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Donnelly pushes legislation to reduce suicide among service members

By Andi TenBarge TheStatehouseFile.com WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly introduced legislation Wednesday that aims to stem the rising suicide rate among service members. The proposed Jacob Sexton Military Suicide Prevention Act of 2014 is named after Indiana National Guardsman Jacob Sexton, who took his own life while home on a 15-day leave from Afghanistan. […]

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Elected officials from Indiana, Connecticut bet on women’s final game

Staff report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — With bragging rights up for grabs, Connecticut Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman and Indiana Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann announced a friendly wager on the outcome of Tuesday’s NCAA Women’s Basketball national championship game between the University of Connecticut and the University of Notre Dame. In the event of an Irish win, […]

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