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Army plans Soldier for Life website upgrades


By Mark E. Overberg, Deputy Chief, Army Retirement Services

On May 1, 2014 the Army launched the new Soldier for Life (SFL) website to improve communications with Retired Soldiers. Built in just 33 days at the direction of Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond T. Odierno, the original site was only intended to be the beginning of an enduring communications platform.

Since May, the SFL Office and the Program Executive Office Enterprise Information Systems have been collaborating on website improvements. Over the coming months the SFL website (http://soldierforlife.army.mil), will add the following capabilities:

  • SFL accounts on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, and Linked In. These SFL accounts will allow everyone, from prospective Soldiers and parents, Soldiers, Retired Soldiers, veterans, and family members to follow SFL topics in their favorite social media and ask questions of the SFL staff.
  • The Army Echoes blog will provide Retired Soldiers and surviving spouses with news about their benefits, DOD and VA programs that affect them. The retired community will be able to comment on these news items on the blog.
  • The new Army White Pages will allow those with a common access card or premium DS Logon account to search for Soldiers’ and Retired Soldiers’ contact information.
  • A frequently asked questions database that will answer many common questions from Soldiers, Retired Soldiers and surviving spouses.
  • Expanded content and links to information and resources for Soldiers, Retired Soldiers, veterans and families.
  • Easier navigation and more attractive graphics.