Facebook Marks Veterans Day Early With 3 New Services

By Jennifer Moire Comment

Three days before Veterans Day, Facebook is already honoring the holiday with a livestreamed event announcing three ways that the military and their families can best use the social channel to connect and communicate during long deployments.

During today’s livestream, at 11 a.m. Pacific Time, Facebook will announce three new initiatives designed to support and connect members of the armed services and their loved ones:

  • U.S. Military on Facebook: This page will help military personnel, veterans and families to stay informed and connected. The page will feature a iobs section for veterans.
  • A Nation Gives Thanks: This application will enable Facebookers to thank active service members, veterans and military families for their contributions to our nation. The app has the endorsement of several well-known support organizations, including the USO, Blue Star Families, the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, American GI Forum, Disabled Veterans, CNN.com, HLN, BranchOut, and Military.com.
  • Social Media Guide for Military Families: Facebook and Blue Star Families are partnering to publish a guide designed to help families maximize their use of social media platforms.

Alan Reyes, senior vice president of operations for the USO, says Facebook is the most popular tool used by families to connect with loved ones during long deployments.

Every day at USO Centers throughout the world, families stay connected during deployment using Facebook. It is the most popular website among service members visiting our centers in combat zones and it has proved to be a helpful tool for our staff to inform troops and their families about USO programs and services available to them worldwide.

Participants in today’s livestream include:

  • Major Juanita Chang, director of online and social media for the U.S. Army’s Office of Public Affairs;
  • Brandon Friedman, director of online communications for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, and
  • Tom Tarantino, senior legislative associate for the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America.

On the Facebook D.C. Live page, you can also RSVP for the event, ask questions before the program and chat with other viewers during the livestream.

Do you plan on using Facebook to mark Veterans Day?