Digital Life - Google launches tools for veterans, families and friends
“There are almost 22 million military veterans in the United States today and millions more around the world,” writes Google’s Chief Legal Officer David Drummond in a Google+ post announcing the new website Google For Veterans, as well a Veteran’s Channelon YouTube. Launched on Veterans Day, the new services offer “some new tools to help these vets —and their families — find new ways of connecting online.”
“My father was a Tuskegee Airman and a veteran of WWII and Vietnam, so it’s important to me that Google supports veterans,” Drummond adds. “I’m proud of the work we’re doing on this front.”
Built by Google employees who served in the military, or have loved ones who do, Google For Veterans offers tools for veterans transitioning to civilian life, those who are still deployed, as well as their families back home.
Much of the site is composed of pre-existing Google tools, including Google Docs, Calendar, Gmail, Picasa and Google Maps, which Google encourages site members to use to record their military experiences. Building a resume, tracking investments and connecting with fellow veterans are also encouraged.