A law authored by U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) is now implemented throughout the Armed Forces.

The Jacob Sexton Military Suicide Prevention Act was named after an Indiana National Guard member died from suicide in 2009 while on leave from Afghanistan. Donnelly says the bill, his first as a senator, was based on common sense.

“It recognizes that mental fitness, like physical fitness, is a crucial component of military readiness,” Donnelly says.

A new partnership aims to provide members of the Indiana National Guard with mental health and substance abuse care. Indiana National Guard behavioral health officer Maj. Scott Edwards says the program called “Mission Recovery,” tailored to service member’s needs.

“So when service members come they are meeting with a provider who understands more about the realities of being a military member,” Edwards says. “That’s hugely important for us and it’s key to the success in any kind of initiative where people come to get help for mental health or substance abuse problems.”

This edition of “A LOOK AT THE ARTS with Tom Lounges” originally aired on FRIDAY, MAY 26, 2017


Dedicated to All Who Died In The Line Of Duty.

Banks Named to House Armed Services Committee

Jan 10, 2017

Congressman Jim Banks (IN-03) has been named to the House Armed Services Committee for the 115th Congress.

“I am excited to be named to the Armed Services Committee,” Banks said. “This committee was my number one choice because I want to actively ensure our men and women in uniform receive the resources they need to protect our nation. Northeast Indiana has a strong history of military service and contributing to our national defense. I look forward to continuing that tradition as a member of the committee.”