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Supporting the mental health needs of veterans is a national priority. Over the past decade, there have been several studies describing the needs of the veteran population, particularly those who served in the post-9/11 era, calling for improved access to high-quality mental health services. In response, the federal government has expanded funding and services to meet increasing demand. At the same time, there has also been a proliferation of nongovernmental support to improve services for veterans in local communities. Often, in an attempt to deploy resources quickly, new programs and services are implemented without a full understanding of the specific needs of the population. This report discusses findings and recommendations from a study designed to gather information on the mental health–related needs facing veterans in the Detroit metropolitan area to identify gaps in the support landscape and inform future investments for community-level resources to fill the identified gaps.

Table of Contents

  • Chapter One

    Introduction

  • Chapter Two

    Understanding Postdeployment and Postmilitary Mental Health Problems

  • Chapter Three

    Issues and Challenges of the Veteran Population Residing in the Metro Detroit Area

  • Chapter Four

    Available Mental Health Support Services and Resources

  • Chapter Five

    Observed Gaps and Recommendations for Improving Support

  • Appendix

    Illustrative Directory of Service Providers and Support Organizations in the Metro Detroit Area

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This study was sponsored by the Wins for Warriors Foundation and the Ethel and James Flinn Foundation and conducted within RAND Health, a division of the RAND Corporation.

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