Executive Director of The Journey Home, Hoosier veterans launch Richmond chapter of ‘Veterans for Joe’ with roundtable
Eldon Solomon, Executive Director of veteran addiction treatment center The Journey Home, and other local veterans and veterans advocates today launched the Richmond chapter of the ‘Veterans for Joe’ constituency group at a roundtable to discuss Joe’s record fighting for Hoosier veterans in the Senate.
As a constituency group, ‘Veterans for Joe’ will help inform, persuade, and mobilize Hoosiers throughout the election. Joe and his campaign will work with founding members and those who join in the coming months to focus on issues that matter around the state through direct voter contact, media opportunities, and in-person events. The group launched Sunday in Indianapolis; today’s event took place at Firehouse BBQ & Blues, a veteran-owned business in Richmond.
Throughout his time in the Senate, Joe has been a champion for veterans:
In 2013, Joe introduced the Jacob Sexton Military Suicide Prevention Act, named after Jacob Sexton, a National Guardsman who took his own life while on leave. Passed into law as part of the FY 2015 NDAA and now fully implemented, the bill guarantees that every single member of the military – active duty, reserve, and national guard – will receive annual mental health care assessments to ensure they receive the care they need.
In 2015, Joe introduced his Servicemember and Veteran Mental Health Care Package, a trio of bipartisan bills addressing mental health care for servicemembers and veterans. The three bills were signed into law as part of the FY 2016 and FY 2017 NDAAs.
In 2017, Joe and Senator Mike Rounds (R-SD) introduced the VA Prescription Data Accountability Act that allowed that VA to share data with state drug monitoring programs for patients who are prescribed opioids by VA providers. The bill was signed into law in November 2017.
In 2013, Joe and Senator John Boozman (R-AR) introduced a bill to create a national memorial to Desert Storm veterans in Washington D.C. The bill was signed into law as part of the FY 2015 NDAA. A site for the memorial on the National Mall was announced last month.
In 2017, Joe and Senator Pat Toomey (R-PA) introduced a bill to designate March 29 as National Vietnam War Veterans Day. This bill was the first federal statute recognizing Vietnam War veterans. It was signed into law in March 2017.
“Joe works every day to tackle mental health care for our servicemembers and veterans, and to make sure that treatment our veterans receive at the VA doesn’t cause them to fall prey to the scourge of opioid abuse. He constantly reaches across the aisle to achieve success for veterans in Washington, and he comes back to Indiana as often as he can to see first-hand the results of his efforts at places like The Journey Home,” said Eldon Solomon, Executive Director of The Journey Home. “Indiana is better off because of his leadership and his hard work in the Senate to make sure not a single veteran is left behind.”