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Get connected: Military-oriented services available for Google+, Facebook users

Nov. 30, 2011 - 07:59PM   |   Last Updated: Nov. 30, 2011 - 07:59PM  |  
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Both the Facebook Nation and the growing ranks of Google+ users can take advantage of new services designed to help troops and veterans reconnect with buddies from old units.

http://vetconnect.googleforveterans.com/">Vet Connect is among the latest offerings from the Google mothership, part of its new http://www.googleforveterans.com/">Google For Veterans suite announced on Veterans Day.

Other military-oriented services include a new dedicated YouTube channel designed to foster conversation that "sheds light on the importance and complexity of service," according to Google's official blog. "If you have not served, this is a great place to offer your thanks by uploading a tribute video."

Like a Classmates.com for the military, Vet Connect allows you to plug in your particulars — units, dates and places of service — and the site suggests people you may know and allows you to add them to your Google+ Circles.

In partnership with the Veterans Affairs Department, Google also announced a new Veterans Job Bank, which leverages the search giant's Web-crawling prowess "to identify veteran-committed job openings."

For the Facebook faithful, a new app created by mortgage lender Veterans United does basically the same thing. Dubbed http://www.veteransunited.com/connect">Veterans United Connect, the app already has more than 54,000 users, says Levi Newman, the former Army sergeant who manages the service.

Two fee-based social networks — Together We Served and Vet Friends — already provided similar services.

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