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.
RAND's three assessments for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) examined veteran demographics and health care needs, the VA's health care capabilities, and authorities and mechanisms for purchasing care.
Michigan veterans, including those in the Detroit area, are among the least likely in the nation to take advantage of their federal Department of Veterans Affairs benefits. This study makes recommendations for improving awareness of supports among Detroit-area veterans and connecting them with services.
New programs and services for veterans are often implemented without a full understanding of veterans' needs. RAND studied the mental health needs of veterans in urban Detroit to identify gaps in support and inform future investments to fill those gaps.
Veterans who rely on Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health care are older and less healthy than other veterans. RAND analysis showed how the veteran population and demand for VA health care could change in the next decade.