Ahead of the Veterans Day, social media giant Facebook has announced a new hub to cater to their needs. The hub, according to Facebook, will cater to the needs of more than 900,000 people in the US that participate in more than 2,000 groups for military members on the social media platform.
The hub will provide access to military members and veterans who will then have the chance to continue to build their community, find job opportunities, and enhance their digital skills. The hub will also serve as an avenue where veterans can find safety tips, resources for finding jobs and digital skills training through a new partnership with SCORE.
Facebook is partnering with SCORE; a network of volunteer expert business mentors to provide education and mentorship to military members, veterans and their families who want to become entrepreneurs.
“There are many resources and tools across Facebook aimed at helping veterans, like the Military recruiting page and the Jobs Tool,” said Frank Diaz, a veteran and owner of Tin Hut BBQ per Facebook. “This Military and Veteran Hub is going to make it a lot easier for veterans to access these tools by consolidating all of these resources in one place. As a veteran who hires other veterans for my business, I know that it’s going to be immensely helpful to veterans-run or affiliated businesses all over the US.”
Tools available for members include:
- A mentor matchthat connects military members and veterans with a cohort of SCORE’s experienced business mentors who are also US veterans.
- A veteran-focused educational toolkit for launching a business, including steps for developing a business plan.
- Veteran-focused interactive workshops for guidance on starting a business. SCORE’s veteran mentors will also be available to all attendees after the workshop for continued support through all stages of startup and growth.
Last month Facebook took a bold step towards supporting people with mental health challenge. By launching new “Let’s Talk” filters and stickers, users who are often not bold enough to open up about their mental health issue can do so in private chat via Facebook.
The “Let’s Talk” filters and stickers were launched to mark the World Mental Health Day. Facebook collaborated with the World Health Organization [WHO]. The filters and stickers were made available as an invitation for friends who might be struggling to reach out for support through the Facebook Messenger.
Antigone Davis, Global Head of Safety at Facebook said the new filters and stickers were launched after a survey conducted in the UK, US, and Australia showed that respondent could communicate more clearly via messaging than versus person. As a matter of fact, the result of the survey showed that 80 percent of people felt they could be completely honest when messaging.
16 stickers to help people when words fail them have been released. Facebook said it would donate $1 to a group of mental organizations each time a sticker is sent up to $1 million.