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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


Jun 24, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 24, 2018 Mary Ann Hidalgo
Jun 24, 2018 Tara Mae
Jun 24, 2018 Amy Biggs
Jun 23, 2018 Amy Elston
Jun 23, 2018 Candy Punia
Jun 22, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 22, 2018 (Name not displayed) We owe them!
Jun 22, 2018 janet casanave this is soooo important!
Jun 22, 2018 (Name not displayed) We need this! Please implement this nationwide!
Jun 22, 2018 Jo Johnson
Jun 22, 2018 Wilma MEEK
Jun 22, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 22, 2018 Crystal jones
Jun 22, 2018 (Name not displayed) They have given so much to our country this is the lest we can do to help them.
Jun 22, 2018 Christine Mawer
Jun 21, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 21, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 21, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 20, 2018 Riitta Salokannel
Jun 20, 2018 (Name not displayed) First green alert in Wis was used today for my brother who is missing from Tomah VA, hope he is found soon
Jun 20, 2018 Laura Vadaj
Jun 20, 2018 Elsa Petersen
Jun 20, 2018 Christine Cobuzzi
Jun 20, 2018 Brenda Roy
Jun 20, 2018 Christy Starbuck
Jun 20, 2018 Jacqueline Watkins
Jun 19, 2018 Bonnie Hughes
Jun 19, 2018 Cheryl Robison
Jun 19, 2018 Nicole Solano
Jun 19, 2018 Sandra Cole
Jun 19, 2018 camilla monasterolo
Jun 19, 2018 Alana Dyeaie
Jun 19, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 19, 2018 Tammy Benard
Jun 19, 2018 Caz Skelly
Jun 18, 2018 Kellen Livingston
Jun 18, 2018 Christine Sepulveda
Jun 18, 2018 monica steuer
Jun 18, 2018 Joseph Tanke We should do whatever we can for those whom we've asked so much of.
Jun 18, 2018 barbara Strahl
Jun 18, 2018 Ariel Kirst
Jun 18, 2018 Christy Matherne
Jun 18, 2018 sherry Nillissen
Jun 18, 2018 Angela Berard
Jun 18, 2018 Phyllis Van Leuven
Jun 18, 2018 Bridget Hopper
Jun 18, 2018 Jenny Lin
Jun 18, 2018 David Lin
Jun 18, 2018 Nanook Lin

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