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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

February 25, 2010

Web Site Offers Single Access Point for Wounded Warriors

Three Federal Departments Collaborate on National Resource Directory

WASHINGTON — The federal departments of Veterans Affairs, Labor and Defense unveiled today an improved Web site for wounded warriors.

“VA is committed to tapping into the full powers of the Internet to provide accurate, timely, easy to find and easy to understand information that improves the lives of Veterans, service members, their families and all who care for them,” said Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki. 

The National Resource Directory is a comprehensive, free, online tool for wounded, ill and injured service members, Veterans and their families.  Visitors to the site can find an extensive range of information about Veterans’ benefits, including disability and pension benefits, VA health care and educational opportunities.  The site also provides information for those who care for Veterans, such as access to emotional, financial and community assistance.

The Web site has been enhanced to provide a single point of access to a wealth of information from more than 10,000 sites by federal, state and local governments and organizations offering services for wounded warriors.

“This online directory is an invaluable resource for those involved in helping service members and Veterans,” Shinseki said. “Reliable information about government and private-sector programs can be a priceless tool.”

A recent addition to the Web site is a specialized section where users can find help for homeless Veterans.  These resources will help end Veteran homelessness over the next five years. 

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The new design will help visitors find needed resources easily.  Other enhancements include a fast, accurate search engine; a “bookmark and share” capability that allows users to share valuable resources on Facebook, Twitter and other social media sites; and a news feature with updates on relevant information and events.  Resources are added daily.

Visit the site at www.nationalresourcedirectory.gov.

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