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Google gives military veterans virtual Veterans Day parade in Ann Arbor today

Google.org to Bring Virtual Parade to Veterans with Disabilities in Ann Arbor

#UnitedWeMarch is a virtual Veteran’s Day Parade that any veteran, anywhere, can join

Joseph Ambrose, an 86-year-old World War I veteran, attends the dedication day parade for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in 1982. He is holding the flag that covered the casket of his son, who was killed in the Korean War. (Public Domain photo/WikiMedia)

Joseph Ambrose, an 86-year-old World War I veteran, attends the dedication day parade for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in 1982. He is holding the flag that covered the casket of his son, who was killed in the Korean War. (Public Domain photo/WikiMedia)

As part of Google Impact Challenge: Disabilities, Google.org is hosting a virtual march this Veteran’s Day to engage veterans across the country who are unable to march, whether it’s due to age, disability, or distance.

#UnitedWeMarch is a virtual Veteran’s Day Parade that any veteran, anywhere, can join.

On Thursday, November 12, Google staff and volunteers will bring the experience to veterans and their families at the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System.

Now, for the first time, veterans in Ann Arbor, will have the opportunity to march in the nation’s largest Veteran’s Day Parade, of which Google is an official sponsor, using new innovative technology, including YouTube 360 and Google Cardboard.

These new technologies will allow veterans to experience the parade from the perspective of someone marching on the ground in New York City.

WHO: Google staff and volunteers to bring virtual reality experience to Michigan veterans

WHAT: #UnitedWeMarch virtual Veteran’s Day Parade

WHEN: Thursday, November 12, 2015 at 1pm EST

WHERE: VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System: 2215 Fuller Rd, Ann Arbor, MI 48105

“Technology has the power to transform the lives of people with disabilities and thanks to our new partnerships with the VA and the organizers of the New York City Veterans Day Parade, any veteran anywhere will have the opportunity to feel like they’re marching alongside the crowds in New York City,” said Jacquelline Fuller, Director of Google.org, Google’s philanthropic arm.

“We’re excited to be working with the VA to bring the virtual march to veterans in nursing homes and hospitals around the country and online for any veteran to experience.”

“We’re very excited about working with Google to bring this virtual reality experience to Veterans in our medical centers across the country,” said Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert A. McDonald.

“This is just one example of how VA is working with more strategic partners to improve the Veterans experience and how VA is utilizing innovative technologies to improve our services. We’re committed to making VA a world-class health care provider that puts the Veteran at the center of everything we do. Our partnership with Google underscores that commitment.”

“As the veterans community continues its transition to a new generation of advocate leaders, we’re very enthusiastic about the opportunity to work with Google.org to provide the virtual experience of marching for those who can’t join us in New York in person,” said Dan McSweeney, Incoming President of the United War Veterans Council, producers of America’s Parade.

“Using Google’s innovative technology is a great way for veterans and their families and supporters to see for themselves the great appreciation that our country feels for their ongoing service and sacrifice.  As we make exciting strides and establish new partnerships with world-class organizations like Google, our shared commitment to supporting veterans is unwavering.”

On November 11, Google.org will film America’s Parade with 360-degree cameras and then distribute the footage on YouTube 360 and Google cardboard so  that veterans around the world can feel the love and support of the crowds in New York City. Google staff, including those who have served in the military, will also volunteer at VA hospitals across the country to host a dozen local events so that veterans and their families can participate togethe

Learn more about #UnitedWeMarch here: g.co/UnitedWeMarch

Launched in May of 2015, the Google Impact Challenge: Disabilities put $20 million in Google.org grants behind nonprofits using emerging technologies to increase independence for people living with disabilities.

We are choosing the best of these ideas and helping them to scale by investing in their vision, by rallying our people and by mobilizing our resources in support of their missions.

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