All 152 U.S. Veterans Affairs Department medical centers are now fan-friendly on Facebook.
VA: All veterans medical centers on Facebook
The VA is marking as a milestone the fact that all of its medical centers are represented on the world's largest Internet social-networking site.
"Veterans and their families told us from the beginning that they want to engage and they want relevant information delivered at the local level. By leveraging Facebook, the department continues to expand access to VA and embrace transparency and two-way conversation," VA Secretary Eric Shinseki said in a news release.
The VA began its social-media efforts in 2008 with a Facebook page. It has grown to 64 Twitter feeds, a YouTube channel for videos, a Flickr page for photos and a blog. The VA installed a social-media policy in June 2011 providing online guidelines for veterans. One way Facebook helps the VA, the agency reports, is through the VA's Crisis Line, which offers help to veterans expressing suicidal thoughts or suffering from emotional crises.
For the record, the VA counts 345,000 fans, with the department's main Facebook page tallying 154,000 fans.
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