Veteran Health Care


As the largest health care provider in the United States, the Department of Defense faces significant challenges in maintaining quality health care for current and retired military personnel. RAND has a wealth of expertise in health and defense policy research, which informs its analyses related to the medical care needs of military veterans and the care systems intended to meet them.

  • Sgt. Jaime Balderrama is honored by the New York Mets as Veteran of the Game, part of the Welcome Back Veterans initiative, photo by Sgt. Jimmy D. Shea/U.S. Marine Corps


    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.

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    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.

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