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[121 STAT. 1033]
[121 STAT. 1033]
PUBLIC LAW 110-000—MMMM. DD, 2007

PUBLIC LAW 110–110—NOV. 5, 2007

121 STAT. 1033

‘‘(C) encouraging veterans to seek assistance for mental illness. ‘‘(j) PEER SUPPORT COUNSELING PROGRAM.—(1) In carrying out the comprehensive program, the Secretary may establish and carry out a peer support counseling program, under which veterans shall be permitted to volunteer as peer counselors— ‘‘(A) to assist other veterans with issues related to mental health and readjustment; and ‘‘(B) to conduct outreach to veterans and the families of veterans. ‘‘(2) In carrying out the peer support counseling program under this subsection, the Secretary shall provide adequate training for peer counselors. ‘‘(k) OTHER COMPONENTS.—In carrying out the comprehensive program, the Secretary may provide for other actions to reduce the incidence of suicide among veterans that the Secretary considers appropriate.’’. (2) CLERICAL AMENDMENT.—The table of sections at the beginning of such chapter is amended by adding at the end the following new item: ‘‘1720F. Comprehensive program for suicide prevention among veterans.’’.

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(b) REPORT TO CONGRESS.— (1) REPORT REQUIRED.—Not later than 90 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Veterans Affairs shall submit to Congress a report on the comprehensive program under section 1720F of title 38, United States Code, as added by subsection (a). (2) CONTENTS OF REPORT.—The report shall contain the following: (A) Information on the status of the implementation of such program. (B) Information on the time line and costs for complete implementation of the program within two years. (C) A plan for additional programs and activities designed to reduce the occurrence of suicide among veterans.

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