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Joe's first bill


When the newest freshman on the Senate Armed Services Committee grilled Chuck Hagel on what he'd do to stem the rising suicide rates among troops and veterans, little did he know that Jeff Sexton would be watching at home in Farmland, Indiana. Sexton had lost his 21-year-old son Jacob in 2009 when he unexpectedly took his own life on a 15-day-leave from Afghanistan. After calling Sen. Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., to let him know he appreciated the effort shining a light on the suicide epidemic, “Joe” called him back the next day. Donnelly's first bill as a U.S. senator became the Jacob Sexton Military Suicide Prevention Act. Jeff Sexton is Joe Donnelly's guest at the State of the Union.