Content style guide
As part of our plain language style, we use sentence capitalization as the standard on VA.gov, with a few exceptions.
Use sentence case capitalization
Use sentence case capitalization for most content, including page titles, headings, subheadings, buttons, and text links, unless a word is a proper noun. Don’t capitalize common words for emphasis or importance.
Exceptions where we use title capitalization
- Proper nouns (example: branded terms like “VA.gov,” official program names, state names, names of federal agencies, days of the week and months, compositions such as titles of books, etc.)
- The word “Veterans”
- Global navigation, top menu labels (VA Benefits and Health Care; About VA; Find a VA Location)
Exceptions where we use initial capitalization
- SEO title tags (example: VA Prescription Refill And Tracking | Veterans Affairs). See Writing for SEO for more information.
Apply now for GI Bill benefits
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Consult our word list or refer to AP Style if you’re not sure whether a term should be capitalized. If still unsure, err on the side of sentence case capitalization.