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

    Expanding Access to Behavioral Health Care for Remote Service Members and Their Families

    Jan 5, 2015

    Roughly 300,000 military service members and 1 million dependents are geographically distant from behavioral health care, and remoteness is associated with lower use of specialty behavioral health care. Telehealth and collaborative care are two promising solutions.

  • Research Brief

    Far From Care

    Jan 5, 2015

    How many U.S. military service members and their dependents are remote from behavioral health care, and what effects does this distance have on their access to and use of care? RAND researchers conducted the first comprehensive study of geographically remote service members' and families' access to behavioral health care.

  • Report

    Pre-Deployment Stress, Mental Health, and Help-Seeking Behaviors Among Marines

    Dec 15, 2014

    As part of an evaluation of the Marine Corps Operational Stress Control and Readiness (OSCAR) program, this report describes the methods and findings of a large survey of marines who were preparing for a deployment to Iraq or Afghanistan in 2010 or 2011. The results are among the first to shed light on the pre-deployment mental health status of marines, as well as the social resources they draw on when coping with stress and their attitudes about seeking help for stress-related problems.

  • Testimony

    Supporting Military and Veteran Caregivers Should Be a National Priority

    Dec 3, 2014

    Honoring and serving our current and former members of the armed forces, particularly through periods of illness or when recovering from injuries, requires that we attend to their family members and friends who provide the care that is critical to keeping them alive and thriving.

  • Commentary

    Military Turns to Collaborative Care to Treat PTSD, Depression

    Nov 19, 2014

    Collaborative care has been an important part of Army efforts to reach out to those struggling with PTSD and depression. It has brought a science-based solution to an essential military problem and has helped thousands of men and women in uniform in ways that also nudge the larger mental health system toward greater effectiveness for all Americans.

  • Report

    Community-Based Mental Health Providers Need More Preparation to Better Care for Veterans

    Nov 12, 2014

    Most community-based mental health providers are not well prepared to take care of the special needs of military veterans and their families. A national survey found that few providers met criteria for military cultural competency or used evidence-based approaches to treat problems commonly seen among veterans.