America has always been a nation of tinkerers, inventors and entrepreneurs. Tools such as 3D printers, desktop machine tools and tools for digital design are becoming more powerful, easier to use and more widely available. Combined with crowdfunding and online communities, these trends are empowering the next generation of tinkerers, entrepreneurs and inventors. The rise of the maker movement and community of makers represents a significant opportunity for how VA can bring these tools and innovations to improve the experience and care of Veterans and their support networks.

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