Blue Button, Beyond Healthcare

Posted by Erin Routson

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is expanding its Blue Button digital-data program. Last year we wrote about the VA’s original health-records initiative; with this new phase of the program, veterans are now able to access their service records and download them to their own personal computers.

According to FedScoop, veterans can “see information about their military service, including deployment data, in-uniform experience, and Military Occupational Specialty codes, which define the type of work performed and skills learned during their tour of duty.”

Third-party developers, including Microsoft and Northrup Grumman, have developed apps that allow vets to take the service records a few steps further, translating military codes and classifications into civilian descriptions that can then be used to identify job openings in the civilian sphere.

Finding employment for former military personnel has been a focus of the White House, particularly with so many troops now returning to civilian life. This new bundling of services offers veterans easier ways to access one-stop employment information. For more information, check out the VA’s Blue Button portal.