Inspiration

I was inspired by the appalling fact that around 22 veterans are dying due to suicide per day, so I wanted to create an application to help prevent this.

What it does

It shows nearby centers for veterans such as health services and monetary funds as well as having a suicide hotline specifically for veterans.

How I built it

I used App Inventor 2 for the front end and to seemlessly move from one screen to another, and I also used the Google Maps API to display maps that showed nearby centers for veterans by using fusion tables to store their addresses.

Challenges I ran into

Since this was my first time coding an app, I had a hard time making it. At first, I tried to use Firebase to store the addresses, but I wasn't able to get it working in App Inventor, so then after many hours of scraping the web, I found I could use fusion tables from the Google Maps API. I coulcn't create a link from the address to Google Maps if the address was clicked on, but I found out that through Streetview that I could take a link to Google Maps.

Accomplishments that I'm proud of

I'm proud of learning how to use fusion tables to pin different locations as well as creating a functional application in what was my first attempt at making an app, and I did it by myself.

What I learned

I learned how to use fusion tables and App Inventor.

What's next for VetCare

I hope to be able to implement a GPS that allows the user to see their location on the maps. I also wanted to create a photo album for the user to keep pictures of his/her loved ones.

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