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Sign this petition and tell the Department of Justice that you want the Green Alert system to become a national program now!

On average, there are 90,000 missing persons in the United States at any given time. More than half of those missing persons are adults [1].

The Emergency Alert System and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issue Amber Alerts for missing children and Silver Alerts for senior citizens, all sent directly to media outlets and countless cell phones in the area. According to the Department of Justice, around 900 children have been saved thanks to Amber Alerts since the national program was instituted in 2006 [3].

Yet there is a segment of the population that is still being overlooked: veterans with mental health issues. Nothing is in place for at-risk veterans who go missing each year. Unfortunately, many veterans are independent adults who do not meet criteria for emergency searches when they go missing, even though many have been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or another traumatic brain injury.

This leaves them without assistance in a time of crisis when they need help the most. More must be done to protect vulnerable veterans, as they are a demographic that has a critically high suicide rate. According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, the risk of suicide for veterans is 22 percent higher when compared to civilian adults [4]. About 20 veterans a day commit suicide [5].

Fortunately, Wisconsin is leading the way by creating a new alert system for missing veterans called "Green Alerts." Similar to Amber Alerts for missing children or Silver Alerts for missing seniors, a Green Alert would be issued statewide whenever a vulnerable veteran goes missing.

Wisconsin's proposed "Green Alert" system is inspired by Air Force veteran Corey Adams who, while receiving treatment for PTSD, went missing in March 2017. Because he did not fit emergency criteria, police did not start searching for Adams for more than a week. Tragically, he was found dead 18 days after initially being reported missing by his family [2].

While this proposed Green Alert system is a step in the right direction, it needs to happen on a larger scale. Our country's veterans need this to become a national program.

By implementing a national Green Alert system for veterans with PTSD or other health issues, we can help save countless lives of men and women who have served our country.

The federal government needs to follow Wisconsin's lead and institute a national Green Alert system so that emergency searches can begin immediately after a veteran goes missing. Sign the petition and tell the Department of Justice that you want the Green Alert system for missing veterans put in place immediately!

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To the Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs,

While the Emergency Alert System and the NOAA alert the public of missing children and senior citizens through Amber Alerts and Silver Alerts, there is a segment of the population that's being completely overlooked: veterans with mental health issues.

Many veterans are independent adults who do not meet criteria for emergency searches when they go missing, even though many are at risk, and have been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or another traumatic brain injury. Veterans are a vulnerable demographic with a critically high suicide rate. The Department of Veterans Affairs reports the risk of suicide for veterans is 22 percent higher when compared to civilian adults, while about 20 veterans a day commit suicide. Yet critical time is wasted and lives are lost when veterans go missing because there is no alert system in place for when they disappear.

Fortunately, steps are being taken. Wisconsin is in the process of implementing its own statewide "Green Alert" system under the Corey Adams Searchlight Act. These Green Alerts would notify the public of vulnerable veterans who are missing, as well as allow law enforcement to begin emergency searches for those individuals as soon as they are reported missing.

The system is inspired by Air Force veteran Corey Adams who, while receiving treatment for PTSD, went missing in March 2017. Because he did not fit emergency criteria, police did not start searching for Adams for more than a week. He was found dead 18 days after being reported missing by his family. Similar tragedies occur every year throughout the U.S., which desperately needs to change.

The proposed system is a step in the right direction, but it is needed on a much larger scale. A Green Alert system for missing veterans — mirroring that of Amber Alerts for missing children or Silver Alerts for missing senior citizens — must be implemented at the national level to prevent other tragedies from occurring.

We must get our veterans the help they need when they need it most. I implore you to pass legislation immediately to create a national Green Alert emergency system for missing veterans. We can't sit back while another veteran's life is lost — this is a need that cannot wait.

Sincerely,

Petition Signatures


Jul 19, 2018 Yvonne Points
Jul 18, 2018 Danielle Osterweil
Jul 18, 2018 Corrie S
Jul 17, 2018 mike cetta
Jul 16, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jul 16, 2018 Jamie Pontius
Jul 16, 2018 Julie Zack
Jul 16, 2018 Renee Pless
Jul 15, 2018 Marilyn Williams
Jul 15, 2018 Wendy Shuman
Jul 15, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jul 15, 2018 Alice Jacobson
Jul 15, 2018 Krissttina Isobe We need to be sure all Veterans are safe, can you help us with this? Thanks.
Jul 15, 2018 Debbie Flynn
Jul 15, 2018 Nancee Tepley
Jul 15, 2018 Betty Chan
Jul 14, 2018 LYNDA Fuller
Jul 13, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jul 13, 2018 Katherina Grey
Jul 13, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jul 12, 2018 Gib M
Jul 12, 2018 Wadane Ragland
Jul 12, 2018 Linda Beach
Jul 11, 2018 anna O'Bradovich
Jul 11, 2018 Jana Johnson
Jul 11, 2018 Richard Cooper
Jul 11, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jul 11, 2018 Clair Pearl
Jul 10, 2018 Lois Zeidman
Jul 10, 2018 helen buchanan
Jul 9, 2018 Kristy Kernen I'm glad someone is helping & going in the right direction.
Jul 9, 2018 SHIRLEY ROHRBACH
Jul 9, 2018 Sharon Engberg
Jul 9, 2018 Janice Sheehan I FEEL THAT WE HAVE TO HELP OUR ACTIVE DUTY VETERANS. IT IS TIME AMERICA STOOD UP TO GET THIS EMERGENCY ALERT SYSTEM. OUR VETERANS NEED OUR SUPPORT.
Jul 9, 2018 Andrea Snyder
Jul 9, 2018 Marjorie Coey This is such a good idea; ashamed no one thought to do this before. Please do it!
Jul 9, 2018 Kelly Mccommon
Jul 9, 2018 carole sherman
Jul 9, 2018 (Name not displayed) We owe them everything.
Jul 9, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jul 9, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jul 9, 2018 CYNTHIA FERENCI AMERICA NEEDS TO START TAKING BETTER CARE OF OUR VETERANS.
Jul 9, 2018 Sheila Todd
Jul 9, 2018 Elizabeth Hamilton A terrific idea! I did notknow about Silver Alerts - that ought to be national also !
Jul 9, 2018 Joyce Davis
Jul 9, 2018 Yvette Gamble
Jul 9, 2018 Terrence McKelvey
Jul 9, 2018 Lee Jenkinson
Jul 9, 2018 Kimberly Corn
Jul 9, 2018 (Name not displayed)

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