One of Indiana’s Finest Confirmed for Surgeon General Post: 

It was a privilege to vote to confirm Indiana’s own, Dr. Jerome Adams to serve as Surgeon General of the United States, last week. Dr. Adams has the experience and has demonstrated the leadership needed to promote the public health and combat some of our most pressing challenges. I am thrilled he was confirmed and look forward to working with him moving forward.

I had a chance to catch-up with Dr. Adams and offer a few words of support during his nomination hearing before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) committee: 

This is Congress’s Responsibility: 

There is growing momentum for Congress to pass a new Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF). It is important for our men and women in uniform to know that they have the full support of Congress and their communities back home; an AUMF provides that reassurance. I discussed the need for an AUMF on CNN’s “New Day”:

Read more about my position on an AUMF in this op-ed I penned for Real Clear Defense. Additionally, I also laid out why a new AUMF is absolutely essential in a speech at the Heritage Foundation.

Commemorating 100 years of service and sacrifice: 

Senator Donnelly and I led an effort in the Senate to commission a coin to honor the American Legion’s 100th anniversary and, thanks to the bipartisan support of our colleagues, the legislation made it through the Senate last week.

The special, limited edition commemorative coin would be available for purchase starting in 2019, marking the centennial of the organization which was originally chartered by Congress in September of 1919. The Legion has been instrumental in providing support, programs, and advocacy for our nation's veterans, including influential work to help secure the passage of the G.I. Bill.

This commemorative coin will honor the Legion’s achievements and help with continued advocacy work that improves the lives of veterans. Proceeds from the sale of the commemorative coins will go toward supporting American Legion programs and efforts to continue their invaluable work on behalf of our nation's veterans and their families.

A companion version of this legislation was introduced in the House of Representatives under the leadership of Representatives Tim Walz and Phil Roe.

In your neighborhood:

A member of my team is hosting “Mobile Office Hours” in Montgomery County next Tuesday, August 15th from 10:00 – 12:00. If you are having trouble working with a Federal Agency, this is a great opportunity to get the help you need. Take a look at the flyer for full details.

One more thing before you go!

If you, or someone you know, is in high school and thinking about applying to one of our nation’s prestigious military academies, I encourage you to attend one of my “Academy Days”. This is a great way to learn more about the application process and what a career in military service may entail. For more information, including dates and locations, go to then click on “Academy Nominations”. 

Thank you for the continued privilege to serve you in the Senate. My mission is to fight on behalf of Hoosiers and the interests that are unique to our state. I look forward to working with you, and sharing our progress, in the days ahead. Until then…

In Service,

Todd Young