A New Resource for Veterans and Military Families

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Our veterans and military families have done so much for our country, and each of us can do something to give back. At Joining Forces, we’ve been asking businesses, government, community organizations and individuals to do what they do best, and channel some of their efforts towards our military families. 

There has been much progress, and this week alone there have been many important announcements about programs, tools and resources designed to help our servicemen and women transitioning back into civilian life and the private workforce, as well as new commitments from private sector companies to train and employ veterans and their spouses.  

Today, we can tell you about another one. Google for Veterans and Families is a single interface that brings together Google products and platforms for service members and their families. It was created by veterans, and family and friends of veterans, who work at Google. It was created to help all veterans, whether still in the service, transitioning out, or on a new path in their civilian lives. Here are some examples of what you’ll find on the site:

  • VetConnect - This tool helps servicemembers connect, communicate and share their experiences with others who have served using the Google+ platform.
  • Google Veterans Channel - A YouTube channel for discussion about military service for veterans, their families and the public. Veterans can share their experiences with each other as well as with civilians to help shed light on the importance and complexity of service. If you have not served, this is a great place to offer your thanks by uploading a tribute video.
  • Resume Builder powered by Google Docs -  Resume Builder generates an auto-formatted resume that can be easily edited, saved and downloaded to share with potential employers.
  • Tour Builder powered by Google Earth (coming soon). A new way to tell your military story. Today, you can view some sample “tours”— 3D maps of veterans’ service histories, complete with photos and videos. 

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