A public notification system could be implemented to locate distressed veterans when they go missing under legislation proposed by federal lawmakers and a MOAA member who say the alert could combat suicide by connecting veterans to care.
The bipartisan measure, which was introduced March 21 by Sens. Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.) and Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), would establish a federal commission to develop best practices and provide technical assistance to states to implement the Green Alert system. Members of the commission would be appointed by the president.
Brig. Gen. Donald Bolduc, USA (Ret), a MOAA member, has worked with Hassan to push the legislation.
“I've commanded units where servicemembers have committed suicide. That's one of the most tragic things that can happen inside a military organization,” Bolduc said. “Once they became veterans, if things haven't progressed, we have that potential behavior now transferred to the civilian population.
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