Implement "Yellow Ribbon Alert System" for service members and veterans at risk.
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This petition is not for personal gain, it is to hopefully get legislation passed to help reduce Veteran suicide. According to the Amber alert website (amberalert.gov) 800 children have been rescued because of amber alerts. These alerts can only be issued after law enforcement officials deem the case meets proper criteria, once the case is properly vefirfied law enforcement notifies broadcasters, and state transportation officials. These text, flashing signs on highways, and radio notifications giving (in a lot of cases) make and model of vehicle, or other pertinent information have a tendency to notice "The blue F-150" they otherwise would have missed. The same can be said for the silver alert system in place, if the senior involved is missing for twenty-four hours or more the risk of injury or death is raised by fifty percent according to silveralertbill.com. In 2014 the VA's report indicates that 18% of all national suicides were committed by a Verteran or Service member in crisis, while the same group only made up 8.5% of the population... Let that sink in. So my intent is to have a "Yellow Ribbon Alert System" put into place for Veterans and Active duty service members in the same situations. Time is always a factor in these cases and outside of facebook, and maybe a local news segment, not much is said about this group of missing people. If you aren't watching the news when the story airs, or you aren't in certain "circles" on Facebook, you might not even know the mustang next to you at a traffic light is a service member that has the idea, the means, and the intention of doing themselves harm. This system, if properly put into place, would not result in negative consequences for the person involved, and would not be allowed to violate HIPAA laws. Please take a minute to sign, and pass this petition along. Let's not just get the "IGY6" tattoos, let's actually do something to help.
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