Calif. Launches Overhauled Website To Help Veterans Access Benefits
On Wednesday, the California Department of Veterans Affairs announced the redesign of its website and the launch of an online tool to help more than 1.8 million veterans in the state access their benefits and other information, Government Technology reports.
The overhauled site took about two years and $500,000 to develop.
Details of Website Overhaul
The site was designed as a content management system using Microsoft SharePoint. The site now includes:
- A mobile-accessible layout;
- User profile pages with customized information; and
- A structure that minimizes clicks during the search process.
Officials said the updated site can help veterans:
- Find information on disability claims;
- Streamline claims and loan processes; and
- Find information on other state and federal programs.
In addition, the website will be used by the federal government and local governments as a statistical database to determine veterans' needs.
The site's new MyCalVet tool will help connect veterans to government programs and act as an information repository, according to Government Technology.
Officials will gather feedback from users to determine the website's effectiveness and the ease of accessing information through the portal (Shueh, Government Technology, 4/23).This is part of the California Healthline Daily Edition, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.