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Green Alerts Added in Indiana to Notify When a Veteran is Missing and at Risk

Green Alerts Added in Indiana to Notify When a Veteran is Missing and at Risk

Green Alerts Added in Indiana to Notify When a Veteran is Missing and at Risk

FARMERSBURG, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — Indiana now has a new alert system that aims to help protect veterans who are at risk.

Helping Veterans and Families Executive Director Emmy Hildebrand explains what a Green Alert is.


“It’s an added protection for veterans who are in crisis,” he said. “It will function very similarly to an Amber Alert, in that it will notify law enforcement and the general public that a veteran in their area is in crisis.”

She said that since suicide is the leading cause of death among veterans, Green Alerts could be a life-saving supplement.

“It’s very important because we know that veterans are more likely to commit suicide than non-veterans,” Hildebrand said. “In fact, suicide is the leading cause of death for veterans, especially younger veterans. If we can alert law enforcement that a mental health professional is needed, I think we can help prevent catastrophic situations for our veterans.”

Indiana State Police Sgt. Matt Ames said the addition was necessary because some at-risk veterans might not ask for help.

“Veterans are often very proud people who served their country or traveled overseas,” Ames said. “Sometimes their pride prevents them from asking or seeking help. By not doing so, lawmakers believed this was a tool that could allow them to locate them.”

Hildebrand said this is something we can give them to keep our country safe.

“This alert is an acknowledgement that we have asked these men and women to do extraordinary things on our behalf and that they may face difficulties when they return home,” he said. “I think it’s very important to know that we have safeguards in place that could save their lives.”

For 24/7 confidential crisis support, veterans or their loved ones can dial 988 and then press 1.