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Subject: Bill Announcement

The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 17, 2020


** On Saturday, October 17, 2020, the President signed into law:


S. 743, the “Merrill’s Marauders Congressional Gold Medal Act,” which provides for the award of a Congressional gold medal to the soldiers of the 5307th Composite Unit (Provisional), commonly known as "Merrill's Marauders", in recognition of their bravery and outstanding service in the jungles of Burma during World War II;

S. 785, the “Commander John Scott Hannon Veterans Mental Health Care Improvement Act of 2019,” which amends a number of VA authorities related to helping veterans transition from military to civilian life; suicide prevention; mental health care research and oversight; mental health care staffing; and health care for women veterans; and

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S. 2661, the “National Suicide Hotline Designation Act of 2020,” which designates 9-8-8 as the universal telephone number of the purpose of the national suicide prevention and mental health crisis hotline system.
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