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DEFENSE COMMUNITIES 360

Google Unveils Tools for Veterans, Military Families

  • November 14, 2011
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Google launched a new set of tools on Veterans Day for veterans transitioning to civilian life, deployed service members and their families.

The Google for Veterans website links to Google’s Veterans Channel on YouTube, where users are welcomed by a video from First Lady Michelle Obama urging Americans to connect to service members through a variety of applications on the website enabling service members and veterans to share their experiences. The site is a “great place” for Americans who have not served to upload a tribute to the Armed Forces, Brad Cooper, executive director of Joining Forces in the office of the First Lady, notes on the White House’s Joining Forces blog.

Other tools include:

  • VetConnect, which helps service members connect, communicate and share their experiences with others who have served using the Google+ platform;
  • Resume Builder, which generates an auto-formatted resume that can be easily edited, saved and downloaded to share with potential employers; and
  • Tour Builder powered by Google Earth, which when completed, will offer a new way for service members to tell their story. Today, you can view some sample “tours” — 3-D maps of veterans’ service histories, complete with photos and videos.

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