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IN THE NEWS: Former governor, Vietnam veteran says Joe’s work on veterans is worthy of re-election in op-ed

“We need to re-elect Joe” because he’s a “tireless advocate” for Indiana’s veterans and servicemembers, according to Vietnam veteran and former Governor Joe Kernan.

In a new op-ed in the South Bend Tribune, Governor Kernan says that the new St. Joseph County VA Health Clinic is “life-changing” and would not exist without “Joe’s passion for making life better for veterans in Indiana.” It’s one of many ways Joe has delivered for veterans, and whether by working on mental health for service members and veterans or introducing and passing legislation enshrining Vietnam War Veterans’ Day, he’s been the champion Hoosier veterans like Governor Kernan need in the Senate.

From the South Bend TribuneDonnelly, a tireless advocate for vets, should be re-elected

As a Vietnam War veteran and prisoner of war, a former governor of Indiana and a longtime South Bend resident, I believe that we need to re-elect Joe Donnelly to the U.S. Senate. Joe has been a tireless advocate for veterans and service members in the Senate. He works in a bipartisan and common-sense way to deliver real results for all Hoosiers.

Look no further than the new St. Joseph County VA Health Clinic for proof of Joe’s tireless efforts to deliver for Hoosier veterans. Joe worked for nearly 10 years — since he was a congressman for Indiana’s 2nd Congressional District — to make the impressive VA clinic in Mishawaka a reality for veterans living in northcentral Indiana. Gone are the days when veterans living in South Bend, Elkhart and LaPorte need to travel to Fort Wayne, Chicago or Indianapolis for care from the VA. This new clinic has been life-changing for veterans like myself, and I can tell you that it would not have been built without Joe’s passion for making life better for veterans in Indiana. He hasn’t stopped at the VA health clinic in Mishawaka; he’s working hard to help bring more VA clinics to Indiana and meet the needs of every Hoosier veteran.

As a Vietnam veteran, I was proud that Joe authored bipartisan legislation so that March 29 of every year would be recognized as National Vietnam War Veterans Day and worked until it was signed into law by President Donald Trump. …

Joe is also shining a light in Congress on the importance of mental health for service members and veterans. His Jacob Sexton Military Suicide Prevention Act and his Servicemember and Veteran Mental Health Care Package are bipartisan efforts to reduce service member and veteran suicide and help us access mental health services that are right for us. As a veteran and prisoner of war, I understand all too well that the wounds of war are both physical and mental. It’s difficult for the men and women in service who are coming home to find a prepared medical professional properly trained to understand the unique traumas that they brought home from war. Joe’s efforts have brought about meaningful change for how the military and veterans talk about and treat mental health.

There is so much more work to be done in Washington on behalf of the men and women veterans and service members. Let’s work together to send Joe back to the Senate next year because he’s the guy for the job.