Veteran Health Care


As the largest integrated health care provider in the United States, the Department of Veterans Affairs faces significant challenges in ensuring access to high quality health care for military veterans. RAND has a wealth of expertise in health policy research, which informs its analyses related to the medical care needs of military veterans and their families, as well as the care systems intended to meet them.

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  • Journal Article

    US Religious Congregations' Programming to Support Veterans: A Mixed Methods Study

    We conducted a mixed methods study using nationally representative congregational survey data and in-depth interviews with congregational leaders about veterans' reintegration needs.

    Nov 20, 2015

  • Journal Article

    Young Adult Veteran Perceptions of Peers' Drinking Behavior and Attitudes

    The current study utilizes a community sample of 1,023 young adult veterans to examine perceptions of drinking among peers.

    Nov 20, 2015

  • Service members involved in physical therapy at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio wait for President Bush to visit


    RAND’s Role in the Veterans’ Choice Act Assessments

    The MITRE Corporation subcontracted with the RAND Corporation to conduct three of the 12 Veterans Choice Act assessments, and to prepare reports on the findings and recommendations from these assessments for inclusion in the integrated report.

    Sep 1, 2015

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    Faith-Based Organizations as Force Multipliers

    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?

    Jun 2, 2015

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    Caring for Our Nation's Hidden Heroes?

    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.

    May 7, 2015

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    From Combat to Caregiving: Q&A with Kayla Williams

    Kayla Williams talks about being a female soldier and the spouse of a wounded warrior, why veterans aren't broken and caregivers aren't saints, and more.

    Mar 6, 2015

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    Military and Veterans Health

    RAND Health's work on Military and Veterans Health.

    Jan 5, 2015

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    Military Turns to Collaborative Care to Treat PTSD, Depression

    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.

    Nov 19, 2014

  • News Release

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

    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 of mental health providers found that few providers met criteria for military cultural competency or used evidence-based approaches to treat problems commonly seen among veterans.

    Nov 12, 2014

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    Honoring America's Veterans Requires Helping Their Families, Too

    This Veterans Day, the United States especially honors the millions of veterans living with service-related illnesses and injuries. But it's also important to recognize the sacrifices of those helping them to recover and thrive: America's 5.5 million military caregivers.

    Nov 11, 2014

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    RAND on Veterans' Issues

    RAND research explores key issues concerning military veterans, including health and well-being, education, employment and family issues.

    Nov 10, 2014

  • U.S. Army soldiers cheer as U.S. President Barack Obama signs H.R. 3230, the Veteran's Access to Care through Choice, Accountability and Transparency Act of 2014


    Research Drives Ongoing Support for Veterans

    On November 11, we honor the service and sacrifices of America's veterans. But as they return home and adjust to civilian life, veterans and their families face new challenges and communities struggle to meet their unique needs. Rigorous research is essential to addressing these challenges and finding long-term solutions. RAND explores key issues concerning veterans such as employment, health and well-being, family support, and education.

    Nov 10, 2014

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    Helping American Veterans and Their Caregivers

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

    Sep 23, 2014

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    Developing a Research Strategy for Suicide Prevention

    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.

    Sep 22, 2014

  • News Release

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

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

    Sep 18, 2014

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    Meeting the Caregivers Challenge

    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.

    Aug 25, 2014

  • News Release

    Survey Finds Veterans Satisfied with Mental Health and Substance Use Care, but Also See Room for Improvement

    A survey of more than 5,000 U.S. veterans receiving mental health services from the Veterans Health Administration found general satisfaction, but also significant room for improvement among all areas studied.

    Aug 20, 2014

  • A man walks past the headquarters building at the Department of Veterans Affairs in Washington, DC, May 23, 2014


    Improving the Experience of Veterans Seeking Mental Health and Substance Use Care

    Last week, President Obama signed a bill to overhaul care provided by the Veterans Health Administration. This is an important step, but attention to veterans' experiences receiving care, particularly veterans in need of mental health and substance use care, should be an essential component to ongoing efforts to improve quality.

    Aug 13, 2014

  • The Carl T. Hayden VA Medical Center in Phoenix, Arizona June 11, 2014


    Private Mental Health Providers Must Stand Ready to Help Veterans

    Not all veterans wish to seek services at or through the VA, and many may not meet eligibility criteria. The VA is a critical component of the health care delivery system for former U.S. servicemembers, but it cannot and should not comprise the system alone.

    Jun 27, 2014

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    How to Better Support Military Caregivers

    Caring for a current or former U.S. servicemember can take a toll on family, friends, and acquaintances. Changes are needed to both provide assistance to caregivers and to help them make plans for the future.

    Jun 24, 2014