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IN THE NEWS: Advocates on both sides of the aisle praise Joe Donnelly’s work for Hoosier veterans as Fort Wayne ‘Veterans for Joe’ launches

Joe Donnelly launched the Fort Wayne chapter of ‘Veterans for Joe’ Saturday with dozens of Hoosier veterans and veterans advocates, as voters on both sides of the aisle discussed how thankful they are for his efforts on behalf of those who have worn the uniform of our country.

One of Joe’s top priorities in the Senate has been making sure that we keep our promises to our veterans, looking after their mental health and ensuring they get the recognition they deserve. It will continue to be a top priority after he’s re-elected in November.


From The Journal GazetteVeterans back Donnelly at local visit

Democratic U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly saw Saturday what he needs to see a lot more of come Nov. 6 – Republican support.

Two people identifying themselves as longtime Republicans lauded Donnelly for his work for military veterans and their families during his campaign appearance at a Fort Wayne bar and restaurant.

“Throughout Joe's time in the House and Senate, no priority has been higher to him than our veterans, making sure they get the care and recognition they deserve for their sacrifices to our great country,” James Garigen, founder of Invisible Vets, an advocacy group for homeless veterans, said at the military-themed HT2 off Scott Road. Garigen said he has been a “card-carrying Republican my entire voting life” but backs Donnelly.

“I'm a card-carrying Republican of 30 years until Joe Donnelly,” veterans advocate Stephanie MacKenzie said. The widow of a veteran, MacKenzie said Donnelly and his staff helped her discover a life insurance policy she didn't know her husband had.

“I'm with the president when he's right, and when he's not, I try to tell him an idea that I think makes better sense,” Donnelly told reporters outside HT2.

“We don't need a copy machine for United States senator, we need somebody who represents us, and that's what I try to do every day.”

Donnelly listed several legislative measures he has pushed to benefit veterans and the military, including suicide prevention programs, yearly mental health assessments, the designation of March 29 as National Vietnam War Veterans Day and the National Defense Authorization Act.

“The bulwark of our nation, the basis of our nation, is to make sure we stand with our veterans because you were there when liberty was in peril,” he told the gathering.