DOD Unveils Redesigned National Resource Directory

National-Resource-Directory-LogoThe National Resource Directory (www.nrd.gov), a website that provides access to services and resources at the national, state and local levels, unveiled an updated design and layout this week. The updates were implemented to make the site more user- friendly for the thousands of service members, veterans and family members who use the Directory each month.

“The National Resource Directory has been an invaluable collection of resources for our service members, veterans and their families,” said James Rodriguez, deputy assistant secretary of defense, Office of Warrior Care Policy. “Improving the site and expanding its capabilities was an easy decision.”

Enhancements to the Directory include a refreshed appearance, updated search engine, and behind the scenes software updates that will improve the speed and accuracy of managing the programs and services listed. Also included in the redesign is the addition of widgets­, a stand-alone application that organizations can use to enable access to Directory functions through their own websites.

“The National Resource Directory is a great place for everyone to find vetted and organized resources, but it can be particularly helpful for those professionals and other organizations helping to coordinate care for our wounded, ill and injured service members,” said Rodriguez. “For our Recovery Care Coordinators, those men and women who are working each day to support wounded, ill and injured service members, the updates to the National Resource Directory will allow them to find and connect service members with appropriate resources more efficiently.”

The Directory continues to be one of the largest online collections of government and nongovernment resources specifically designed for service members, their families, military caregivers and veterans. With a unique collection of more than 18,000 organized and vetted resources, the Directory provides information covering a variety of topics, including benefits and compensation, education and training, family and military caregiver support, health, homeless assistance, housing, and other services and programs.

The Directory’s participation policy uses crowdsourced data points from watchdog organizations in addition to government data sources to ensure the quality of resources on the site.