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Tennessee bill would create "Green Alert System" for veterans

Photo: Zachary Cacicia / USAF

NASHVILLE, Tenn.--The first proposed Tennessee State Senate bill of the year looks to provide a statewide alert system for missing veterans deemed at risk.

SB 0001 was proposed by Shelby County Senator Brian Kelsey last month. It would establish a "Green Alert system" with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI), tasking the agency with issuing a statewide alert in the vein of AMBER Alerts.

The TBI would issue the alert after a law enforcement agency has reported to the TBI a missing veteran at risk has been reported to them. Under the bill, the TBI will need to adopt uniform guidelines for issuing an alert, provide education, training, and encourage radio and television stations to assist in spreading the word.

Overhead message signs on Tennessee roads would also list the information as is currently the case with AMBER Alerts. A "veteran risk" is defined as a veteran or active-duty member of the armed forces, national guard, or military reserve forces who is believed to have physical or mental health conditions related to his or her service.

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