Veterans Day 11.11.11: Google for Veterans and Families Launches

On 11.11.11, in honor of Veterans Day in the U.S., Google shared some relevant tools for veterans and families all over the world. "For Veterans Day, we're featuring several stories on new "Tour Builder" site, created by veterans that show how Google Earth can be used to create a 3D virtual tour of their service […]

On 11.11.11, in honor of Veterans Day in the U.S., Google shared some relevant tools for veterans and families all over the world.

"For Veterans Day, we're featuring several stories on new "Tour Builder" site, created by veterans that show how Google Earth can be used to create a 3D virtual tour of their service history, complete with photos and videos. Watching these tours requires the Google Earth plug-in, which you can download here," reveals Sean Askay, Developer Advocate.

Adding, "You can fly back to the 1940's to hear about six siblings who served in WWII and an Army nurse who worked in post-war Japan. Then see where a Marine Lieutenant spent four years during the Vietnam War," he says.

Also, using the Google's mapping tools, "veterans can map their service and then share the personalized map with their families and friends," Askay said. Stories, photos and videos can be geo-located so the complete story is recorded and marked on a map.

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Finally, Google released following tools on its new "Google for Veterans and Families" site,

  • VetConnect tool helps servicemembers connect, communicate and share their experiences with others who have served using the Google+ platform.
  • Google Veterans 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 is an auto-formatted resume that can be easily edited, saved and downloaded to share with potential employers.
  • Tour Builder powered by Google Earth helps in telling your military story. Today, you can view some sample "tours"-- 3D maps of veterans' service histories, complete with photos and videos. Stay tuned for more details and updates on the Google Lat Long Blog.