U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has upgraded the capabilities of the online Veterans Legacy Memorial (VLM). The new VLM experience includes a complete redesign for a fresh look, better usability, and more ways to submit content. And for the first time, VLM visitors may upload photos and documents to a veteran’s VLM page.
The Veterans Legacy Memorial website is the nation’s first digital platform dedicated entirely to the memory of the 3.7 million veterans interred in VA national cemeteries. Launched in 2019, the site gives every veteran interred in a VA national cemetery his or her own dedicated web page, with information such as dates of birth and death, military branch, highest rank held, conflicts in which the veteran served, and significant military awards received. The site also includes headstone photographs and mapped locations for most veterans, with more being added every day.
This May, visitors to VLM will be able to submit photos and biographical summaries of a veteran’s life, along with historical documents such as award citations, letters, and newspaper clippings. Another feature will allow visitors to follow their veteran's page and receive email alerts when new content is posted.
All content submitted to VLM is reviewed by Veterans Legacy Memorial administrators before being posted to the site to ensure dignity and decorum consistent with VA national cemetery standards. Visitors to the site can also flag any questionable content for further review by administrators.