Rep. Gwen Moore Leads Bipartisan Effort to Adopt Federal Green Alert for Veterans
Congresswoman Gwen Moore has introduced H.R. 5945, the Corey Adams Searchlight Act. The bill would establish a national communications network, to be known as the Green Alert communications network, within the Department of Justice to provide assistance to regional and local search efforts for missing veterans.
“Too many veterans put their lives on the line for this country without receiving the support and resources they need in return,” said Congresswoman GwenMoore. “This bill, modeled after Wisconsin’s Green Alert program, takes an important step forward in ensuring our nation’s veterans receive the care and respect they so greatly deserve. It took eight days too long for Air Force Veteran Corey Adams to qualify for a missing persons alert. It’s my hope that this bill prevents tragedies of this nature from happening again. It’s Congress’s duty to protect veteran’s and their families.”
Wisconsin television news WDJT-CBS 58 explains the tragic story of Corey Adams, and the efforts to adopt Green Alerts to find missing veterans.
Corey Adams family says Memorial Day is difficult for them, after his disappearance in March 2017.
“He just left my parents home,” Corey’s sister Carmen said. “And my dad went to file a police report. They wouldn’t label him critically missing for eight days.”
That’s because Adams didn’t fit any criteria for a public alert, despite being a veteran diagnosed with PTSD and bipolar disorder. He was found deceased in a lagoon 18 days later.
“I was thoroughly upset about that,” Corey’s mother Gwendolyn said. “And I said, you know what, we’re going to have to do something about that.”