Veterans -- the defenders of our country, the souls putting their lives on the line so that we may live in freedom -- they are often forgotten.
According to the Department of Veteran Affairs, 22 veterans take their own lives everyday. This statistic represents about 40% of the U.S. population. In a day and age when communication platforms and mobility can deliver real-time data, they can also support people whose lives are in danger, such as our veterans.
The proximity-based social network POS REP, created exclusively for military veterans, is designed to do just that. Short for Position Report, the platform connects veterans via GPS who served together, and helps them discover other peers and resources within their perimeter.
POS REP Founder Anthony Allman says the inspiration for the social network came about after the suicide of Purple Heart recipient and veteran advocate Clay Hunt.
Virtual Hope Box
Like POS REP, the Virtual Hope Box app is designed to help veterans who may be having suicidal thoughts. Created by the Department of Defense's National Center for Telehealth and Technology, this tool provides important contact information and hotline numbers for emergency services, as well as games, quotes, and relaxation guides to help the military community cope with life stress and feelings of discouragement. According to Mashable, the app is expected to be on the market this fall.
iPad Apps for Military Caregivers
In September, the Department of Veteran Affairs began following the lead of initiatives like POS REP and the Virtual Hope Box with a yearlong pilot testing how iPads are assisting caregivers of 9/11 veterans. The department has given 900 iPads to caregivers and is developing apps specifically designed for the work they do. The apps include a journaling tool and a summary- of-care app for viewing lab results and other relevant medical information. The first report on the effectiveness of the mobile apps is scheduled for release in six months.