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

    Veterans Battle Mental Health Issues After Iraq and Afghanistan

    Jun 4, 2015

    Researchers have made great progress capturing the consequences of coping with injuries sustained in the theater of war, but the emerging picture is shadowed in grays. A series of recent findings presents a bleak portrait of the cost of modern war to service members, their families, and their health care providers.

  • Commentary

    Faith-Based Organizations as Force Multipliers

    Jun 2, 2015

    Faith-based organizations are an important community-based resource for veterans who are adjusting to civilian life. What current and potential roles can they play in reintegration?

  • 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. About a third get by on five hours or less. The military, and society at large, needs to recognize the importance of sleep 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.