Military Health Policy Research

The goal of RAND's military health policy research is to help the U.S. Department of Defense and Veterans Health Administration meet the challenges of providing the best care possible to this diverse population, while containing costs.

Recent Reports and News

  • Project

    The RAND Military Caregivers Study

    Mar 18, 2014

    The RAND Military Caregivers Study focuses on caregivers of wounded, ill, and injured U.S. military servicemembers and veterans.

  • Commentary

    Book Review: 'God Is Not Here,' by Bill Russell Edmonds

    May 19, 2015

    'God Is Not Here' shows how not to send a soldier to war. The experience is searing and often brutal, and only a well-led, well-trained, cohesive unit can help servicemen and servicewomen do their duty and survive both mentally and physically.

  • Report

    Public-Private Partnerships for Providing Behavioral Health Care to Veterans and Their Families

    May 18, 2015

    Veterans and their families face many barriers to mental health care. Partnerships between a public agency, such as the VA, and a private organization, such as a private hospital, have been discussed as a potential solution. What are the key components for successful public-private partnerships?

  • Commentary

    U.S. Soldiers Denied Sleep Suffer Major Health Effects

    May 11, 2015

    More than 60 percent of service members don't get the recommended seven to eight hours of sleep per night, and about a third get by on five hours or less. What the military, and society at large, needs to do is give sleep its due by recognizing its importance as a crucial link to physical and mental well-being.

  • Commentary

    Caring for Our Nation's Hidden Heroes?

    May 7, 2015

    Thanks to a growing list of more than 100 organizations that have pledged their commitment as members of the Elizabeth Dole Foundation's National Coalition for Military Caregivers, our nation is taking long overdue action to support both our wounded warriors and those who care for them.

  • Journal Article

    Evaluating PTSD and Mental Health Problems in Military Populations Deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan

    Apr 27, 2015

    Factors such as deployment conditions and social support during and after deployments could help identify, prevent, or mitigate the risk of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) among military populations in future conflicts.

  • Report

    Measuring the Quality of Mental Health Care

    Apr 24, 2015

    Delivering quality health care to service members with posttraumatic stress disorder and major depressive disorder is a high priority for the Military Health System. A conceptual framework and candidate set of measures to monitor, assess, and improve the quality of care can help the MHS in its efforts.