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Contact Information

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Thanks and Acknowledgment

Numerous people, across agencies, contributed to this guide. We are grateful to all of them.

We are especially grateful to the support and visionary investment of the Veterans Experience Office at the Department of Veterans Affairs.

We would also like acknowledge other leaders in the field of Human-Centered Design which inspired and informed this guide: The VA Innovators Network, 18F, the United States Digital Service, the United Kingdom’s Government Digital Service (UK GDS), New York City’s Civic Service Design group, Helsinki Design Lab, Ideo, Frog Design, IBM Design, and The d.School at Stanford University.