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.