Texas creates 'Camo Alert" system for missing veterans with PTS and TBI

Julia LeDoux
June 19, 2019 - 11:46 am


Family members of missing military members with PTS and traumatic brain injury in Texas have another tool to assist them in locating their loved ones.

Legislation creating a "Camo Alert" system in Texas has been signed into law by Gov. Greg Abbott.

House Bill 833 creates an emergency alert system similar to the Amber Alert for a missing child and Silver Alert for a missing elderly person.  The legislation was authored by State Rep. Ana Hernandez (D-Houston).

The alert system would be triggered on behalf of a missing military member “who has elected to participate in the alert system and who suffers from a mental illness, including post-traumatic stress disorder or a traumatic brain injury,” the legislation reads.    

 It requires the family or legal guardian of the missing military member to provide documentation of the illness or injury to law enforcement.  The legislation also mandates the Texas Department of Public Safety, the Texas Department of Transportation and the Governor’s Office activate an alert when a service member has gone missing and “poses a credible threat to the military member’s health and safety or the health and safety of another.”

Camo alerts apply to any individual who is a current or former member of the nation’s armed forces, including the National Guard.

In a tweet, Hernandez said she looked forward to working with the Texas Department of Public Safety “to provide every tool necessary to help our heroes & their loved ones.” 

Camo Alerts would be transmitted to media organizations across Texas. The system goes into effect in September and the five-year pilot program expires in 2023.  Wisconsin and Delaware have similar alert systems.

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