|Posted:||April 26, 2021 06:12 PM|
|From:||Senator Wayne D. Fontana|
|To:||All Senate members|
|Subject:||Green Alert for Veterans|
|I will once again be introducing legislation that would implement a “Green Alert” system in Pennsylvania which is designed to warn the public if an at-risk veteran is missing. My bill would be very similar to an Amber Alert for missing children.
The measure was inspired by a Milwaukee Air Force veteran Corey Adams, who suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after serving in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Afghanistan. Although Corey's family alerted authorities within hours of his disappearance, Adams did not fit the criteria needed for a "critically missing person." Unfortunately, Mr. Adams body was found in a local pond 18 days after he went missing.
After returning home from protecting our nation and working to keep American's safe, secure and free, far too many veterans struggle with mental health conditions. In fact, 20 veterans take their life everyday which is one life too many. This bill would set the precedent that veteran's lives matter too.
A form of this legislation was introduced as SB 734 during the 2019-20 session and enjoyed the following co-sponsors: Costa, Tartaglione, Hughes, Kearney, Yudichak, K. Ward, Stefano, Browne and Brewster.
Please join me in co sponsoring this potential life-saving legislation.
Introduced as SB750