Facebook Friday: Good Groups For Vets?

Veteran Disability Facebook Friday

Rather than do my old song and dance about Facebook today, I thought I’d reach out to all of you about the platform. This is an opportunity for all of you to tell me if you like this column or if there is something else that would be more helpful.

So far, here is a list of Facebook groups I feel area really helping a ton. I will of course plug my own, and there are many others that are excellent. Certainly email me with other groups you think are useful. If you think there is something more worthwhile to write about, also email me.

Gulf War Veterans
Disabled American Veterans
Disabled Veterans – Chapter 31 Voc Rehab
Vietnam Veterans of American

In my opinion, Facebook has done marvels for veterans groups and advocacy. Just Tuesday, it allowed us to hold Voc Rehab and Portland State University accountable. Literally 4 hours after posting an article about how Voc Rehab was not paying tuition for disabled veterans, both groups apparently fixed the issues. Genius.

This means Facebook is our immediate way to hold folks accountable. The second an issue pops up, we can broadcast the issue nationwide. Then, it allows us to pound politicians into behaving themselves. These are great things.

On the other hand, I am well aware of the fact that Facebook is probably using our information for less than honorable purposes, including face recognition software testing.

Okay, so this means Facebook is not all that great. It steals our personal data and sells it while giving us a software platform to unify across the globe in thought and action. Either way you shake it, for now it is certainly more helpful than MySpace was years ago.

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  1. I worked with people in the OLA and PA plus drove hill members around Capitol Hill, White House. OPM, NASA Centers, house and senate offices for 34 years even drove Hon. Judge Thomas who told me to pull myself up by my bootstraps when ask certain question of him about VA and the Dept. of Education and how I cloud get some attention from VA and the DOE due to my disability. And dental problems bought on by physical Assault (trauma) which covers PTSD . after 9/11 I was all but out of it and no body mention what problem I was facing evening at NASA-Hq

  2. The social media can be one of the best tools out there. NOW, if FB people would only learn that airing their concerns on FB is NOT the same as addressing them to their elected officials it will be a GREAT tool. As for your items, Ben, I always read them even if I do skip some of the groups or other feeds I subscribe to. Keep up the good work

  3. Face Book has their agenda, ($$$) and I have mine. (forcing the VA to act truthfully)

    I am happy with the trade off with FB, it floats my boat and theirs.

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