Jacob Sexton Military Suicide Prevention Act

Senator Joe Donnelly efforts to pass the Jacob Sexton Military Suicide Prevention Act came to fruition this Friday, December 19 when the President signed the National Defense Bill. Jacob Sexton Military Suicide Prevention Act would ensure that mental health is evaluated regularly and as a central element of a service member’s overall readiness. Resurrecting Lives has been a strong supporter of this bill because of the bill’s inclusion of traumatic brain injury (TBI) treatment as a factor in suicide prevention. A person who has suffered a TBI, like those sustained in IED blasts, is nearly eight times more likely to commit suicide than someone without such an injury. Early identification and treatment of brain injuries is crucial for suicide reduction. Eric Kazmierczak, Director of Operations, presented Senator Donnelly with an award for his dedication to our Veterans in the Grand Lobby at the Indiana War Memorial. Well Done, Senator Donnelly and Thank You. If you would like to learn more about the Sexton Act, please Click Here.

 

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Left: Senator Joe Donnelly Center: Mr. and Mrs. Sexton Right: Eric Kazmierczak

 

Resurrecting Lives Supports The Jacob Sexton Military Suicide Prevention Act

The Resurrecting Lives Foundation urges you to support Senator Joe Donnelly’s Jacob Sexton Military Suicide Prevention Act which is included in the 2015 National Defense Authorization Act by calling your senators to gain support for this important legislation. You can also help by using Twitter starting on December 1, 2104 hashtag #PassSextonAct or #SuicidePrevention to raise awareness of the bill and the impact it can have on all service members. To watch Senator Donnelly’s introduction of the Jacob Sexton Military Suicide Prevention Act and why the Act is important, Please Click Here.

The Jacob Sexton Military Suicide Prevention Act of 2014 is bipartisan legislation written by Senator Joe Donnelly and is named after Indiana National Guardsman Jacob Sexton. The Act is expected to be considered soon by the Senate as part of the fiscal Year 2015 National Defense Authorization Act. Let’s pass The Jacob Sexton Act to start helping service members struggling with mental health concerns today. To learn more about the Sexton Act, Please Click Here. Learn about Jacob Sexton’s story and the history of this legislation, Please Click Here.

Service members, like all Americans, need to know that seeking help for a mental health concerns is a sign of strength, not weakness. Let’s #PassSextonAct to ensure our brave men and women can receive the assistance they need before it’s too late.

 

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