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.

  • Report

    U.S. Military Making Progress on Reducing Stigma Associated with Seeking Help For Mental Illness

    Sep 30, 2014

    Despite efforts of both the DoD and the Veterans Health Administration to enhance mental health services, many service members still do not seek needed care. Defense officials have made a concerted effort to promote treatment as a way to reduce stigma.

  • Multimedia

    Helping American Veterans and Their Caregivers

    Sep 23, 2014

    In this podcast, Terri Tanielian offers policy recommendations designed to improve the lives of veterans, their caregivers, and their families.

  • Report

    Developing a Research Strategy for Suicide Prevention

    Sep 22, 2014

    The DoD is one of the largest funders of research on suicide prevention but its current funding priorities do not reflect its research needs. Funding is overwhelmingly allocated to prevention goals already considered by experts to be effective while other goals receive little funding and are rarely studied.

  • Research Brief

    A Program Steps Up to the Plate to Aid Vets, Families with Mental Health Care

    Sep 18, 2014

    As federal, state, and local agencies work with the philanthropic community to create models to outsource or leverage potential efficiencies from the private sector, a unique partnership and grant-making program to support veterans and their families has value and could guide future efforts.

  • Report

    Private Effort to Address Veterans' Mental Health Needs Could Aid VA Health Care Reform

    Sep 18, 2014

    A unique partnership to support private efforts to provide mental health services to veterans and their families could be a model for similar efforts should federal officials decide to expand privately provided health care as part of reform of the VA health system.

  • Blog

    Meeting the Caregivers Challenge

    Aug 25, 2014

    Ill or injured military personnel and veterans and people with dementia are unique populations, but they give us a preview of the enormous long-term care challenges Americans will face in the decades to come.