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Joe Donnelly discusses accomplishments for veterans at roundtable with central Indiana veterans, advocates

Joe Donnelly today held a roundtable discussion with central Indiana veterans and the leaders of local veterans organizations to discuss his work helping veterans in the Senate and ask how he can continue moving forward on the issues when re-elected.

At VFW Post 1587 in Speedway, Joe convened a group of local veterans and stakeholders who discussed the most important priorities that Congress can address next. Topics included further health care reforms to the VA, VA health care centers in Indiana, and transitional housing for homeless veterans.

During his time in the Senate, Joe has constantly fought for our veterans.

Dating back to his first year in the House of Representatives, Joe fought until its opening last year for a new VA health care center in St. Joseph County. Thanks to his support, new clinics are also planned for Terre Haute and western Indianapolis.

Joe’s Service Member and Veteran Mental Health Care Package, a set of three bipartisan bills that he introduced and saw signed into law, works to improve mental health for veterans by making sure mental health care providers are prepared to treat the unique challenges veterans face.

Joe introduced the VA Prescription Data Accountability Act and saw it signed into law. The law addresses the scourge of opioid abuse among veterans by increasing data sharing among state prescription drug monitoring programs and the VA.

Joe also introduced the National Vietnam Veterans Recognition Act, a bipartisan bill signed into law that annually designates March 29 as National Vietnam War Veterans Day and introduced legislation, signed into law, that authorizes the creation of a Gulf War Memorial on the National Mall.

“Joe Donnelly fights every day to champion the causes that matter most to those who have served our country at home and abroad,” said Gene Anderson, Executive Director of Operation: Job Ready Veterans. “He’s taken the lead on the issues that matter: ensuring that we’re looking after veterans’ mental health, fighting tooth and nail for new clinics in Indiana, and making sure that our veterans receive the care they deserve. We need to keep Joe in the Senate for six more years because we need folks like him looking out for the men and women who look out for us.”

“I’ve worked every day in the Senate to make sure that we keep the promises we’ve made to those who have served our country,” said Joe Donnelly. “Whether it’s securing a new VA health center in St. Joseph County or seeing my Service Member and Veteran Mental Health Care Package signed into law, I’m excited by what we’ve accomplished, but I know we still have so far to go. I’m running for re-election because we need more people in the Senate willing to reach across the aisle and use a little common sense to make sure we’re taking care of our veterans."

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