(Added Pub. L. 109–233, title IV, § 402(a),June 15, 2006, 120 Stat. 408.)
Provisions similar to those in this section were contained in section
7722 of this title prior to repeal by Pub. L. 109–233
Outreach Program to Veterans in Rural Areas
Pub. L. 109–461
, title II, § 213,Dec. 22, 2006, 120 Stat. 3422
, provided that:
“(a) Program.—The Secretary of Veterans Affairs shall conduct an extensive outreach program to identify and provide information to veterans who served in the theater of operations for Operation Iraqi Freedom or Operation Enduring Freedom and who reside in rural communities in order to enroll those veterans in the health-care system of the Department of Veterans Affairs during the period when they are eligible for such enrollment.
“(b) Features of Program.—In carrying out the program under subsection (a), the Secretary shall seek to work at the local level with employers, State agencies, community health centers located in rural areas, rural health clinics, and critical access hospitals located in rural areas, and units of the National Guard and other reserve components based in rural areas, in order to increase the awareness of veterans and their families of the availability of health care provided by the Secretary and the means by which those veterans can achieve access to the health-care services provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs.”
Information To Assist Veterans Receiving Education Benefits
Pub. L. 101–237
, title IV, § 421,Dec. 18, 1989, 103 Stat. 2088
, provided that:
“(a) In General.—For the purpose of assisting individuals receiving education benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Secretary of Veterans Affairs shall prepare, and update periodically, a document containing a detailed description of the benefits, limitations, procedures, requirements, and other important aspects of the education programs administered by the Department.
“(b) Distribution.—The Secretary shall, beginning in fiscal year 1990 but not before July 1, 1990, distribute copies of such document—
“(1) to each individual applying for benefits under an education program administered by the Department of Veterans Affairs and to each such individual at least annually in the years thereafter in which the individual receives such benefits;
“(2) to education and training institution officials on at least an annual basis; and
“(3) upon request, to other individuals significantly affected by education programs administered by the Secretary, including military education personnel.
“(c) Funding.—The Secretary shall use funds appropriated to the readjustment benefits account of the Department to carry out this section.”
Pub. L. 100–687
, div. B, title XII, § 1204,Nov. 18, 1988, 102 Stat. 4125
, as amended by Pub. L. 102–4
, § 4,Feb. 6, 1991, 105 Stat. 15
; Pub. L. 102–83
, § 6(k)(2),Aug. 6, 1991, 105 Stat. 409
, provided that:
“(a) Ongoing Outreach Program.—(1) The Secretary of Veterans Affairs shall conduct an active, continuous outreach program for furnishing to veterans of active military, naval, or air service who served in the Republic of Vietnam during the Vietnam era information relating to—
“(A) the health risks (if any) resulting from exposure during that service to dioxin or any other toxic agent in herbicides used in support of United States and allied military operations in the Republic of Vietnam during the Vietnam era; and
“(B) services and benefits available to such veterans with respect to such health risks.
“(2) The Secretary of Veterans Affairs shall annually furnish updated information on health risks described in paragraph (1)(A) to veterans referred to in paragraph (1).
“(b) Information in Agent Orange Registry.—The Secretary of Veterans Affairs shall take reasonable actions to organize and update the information contained in the Department of Veterans Affairs Agent Orange Registry in a manner that enables the Secretary promptly to notify a veteran of any increased health risk for such veteran resulting from exposure of such veteran to dioxin or any other toxic agent referred to in subsection (a) during Vietnam-era service in the Republic of Vietnam whenever the Secretary determines, on the basis of physical examination or other pertinent information, that such veteran is subject to such an increased health risk.”