Veterans Issues

This page offers an easy way for policymakers to access veterans research and analysis that is relevant to current Congressional agendas. For additional information, to request documents, or to arrange a briefing, contact the RAND Office of Congressional Relations at ocr@rand.org or (703) 413-1100 x5643.

Recent Findings

  • A licensed clinical social worker listens to her client during a therapy session at the Bay Pines Veterans Administration Healthcare Center in Bay Pines, Florida, October 29, 2015, photo by EJ Hersom/DoD News

    Research Brief

    How to Improve Mental Health Care for Veterans

    Aug 13, 2019

    Veterans, especially those who deployed overseas, face elevated risks of mental health conditions. Those who have served since the September 11, 2001, attacks are particularly vulnerable. About one in five experiences mental health problems. Are veterans getting the high-quality care that they need?

  • Friend comforts uniformed United States Army soldier sitting on park bench, photo by debbiehelbing/Getty Images

    Testimony

    How to Reduce Suicide Among U.S. Veterans and Service Members

    May 8, 2019

    The rate at which veterans and service members die by suicide is a national security problem that requires a comprehensive approach. Improved leadership and investments in access to high-quality care, identifying at-risk individuals, and reducing access to lethal means can make a difference.

  • Terri Tanielian summarizes testimony presented before the House Oversight and Reform Subcommittee on National Security on May 8, 2019.

    Multimedia

    Reducing Suicide Among U.S. Veterans: Implications from RAND Research

    May 8, 2019

    An overview of testimony by Terri Tanielian presented before the House Oversight and Reform Subcommittee on National Security on May 8, 2019.

  • Veterans and other guests attend a signing ceremony for the VA Mission Act of 2018 in the Rose Garden of the White House, June 6, 2018, photo by Carlos Barria/Reuters

    Testimony

    Ensuring Veterans' Access to Timely, High-Quality Health Care

    Apr 10, 2019

    Though the size of the U.S. veteran population has been decreasing over time, an influx of a new era of veterans with significant service-related health problems has increased VA health care enrollment to over 9 million. Insights from RAND research can help inform policymakers about the timeliness and quality of VA care.

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    The Vital Support of Post-9/11 Military Caregivers

    Nov 12, 2018

    In this episode of Veterans in America, we talk about the military caregivers that inspired RAND's landmark study of America's "hidden heroes."

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Briefings

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

    Meeting the Health Care Needs of America's Veterans

    Feb 18, 2016

    A team of RAND experts conducted three independent assessments of the Veterans Choice Act (enacted in 2014). Researchers explored the health needs of veterans, the VA's capacity to deliver care, and steps policymakers can take toward the goal of providing high-quality, timely, and accessible health care for veterans.

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    Hidden Heroes: America's Military Caregivers

    May 15, 2014

    Military caregivers play an essential role in caring for injured or wounded service members and veterans. Terri Tanielian and Rajeev Ramchand will present the challenges today's military caregivers face, and what Congress and others can do to support them.

  • VA Mental Health Care: How Good Is It and How Can We Make It Better?

    Dec 1, 2011

    In this December 2011 Congressional Briefing, Katherine Watkins discusses highlights and recommendations from her study on the VA's capacity to deliver care to veterans with mental health and substance use disorders and the quality of the care that is delivered.

  • The War Within: Preventing Suicide in the U.S. Military

    May 10, 2011

    RAND researchers will discuss findings and recommendations from their recent study on the growing rate of military suicides, including who is at risk for suicide and what the Department of Defense is doing to prevent it.

  • Diversity of Service Academy Entrants and Graduates

    Jun 23, 2010

    Sheila Nataraj Kirby will present findings from an assessment of U.S. Department of Defense recruiting efforts, admissions policies, graduation rates, and career success rates with respect to the diversity of service academy entrants and graduates, with remarks by Rep. Elijah Cummings and the Honorable Madeleine Bordallo.

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Alerts & Newsletters

RAND periodically sends email alerts to update Congress on highlights of recent work concerning veterans.

  • In Case You Missed It: How to Reduce Suicide Among U.S. Veterans and Service Members

    Jun 3, 2019

    The rate at which veterans and service members die by suicide is a national security problem that requires a comprehensive approach. RAND's Terri Tanielian outlines six priorities for addressing the challenge of suicide.

  • A veteran talks to a counselor

    Are NY Health Care Providers Prepared to Meet the Needs of Veterans?

    May 1, 2018

    Are private health care providers in New York equipped to offer timely access to high-quality care that meets the needs of veterans? A new RAND study surveyed providers to better understand the state of overall provider readiness for the veteran population.

  • Sgt. John Kriesel receives treatment from a therapist while his wife, Katie, comforts him at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, February 9, 2007

    In Case You Missed It: Creating Better Support for Our Nation's Hidden Heroes

    Jun 28, 2017

    RAND conducted the first-ever study on the roles and risks of military and veteran caregivers in 2014. Now, a new research blueprint provides policymakers with an understanding of where more research is needed to improve the lives of these caregivers.

  • Distressed soldier with counselor

    In Case You Missed It: Preventing Veteran Suicide

    May 19, 2017

    Suicide is a public health threat that affects all demographics, but recently attention has been focused on the risk of suicide among veterans. Preventative measures could include strengthening community-based programs for those who do not receive care at the VA.

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    Health Care Issues in the 115th Congress

    Mar 24, 2017

    RAND research examines a wide range of health care issues important to the 115th Congress: the Affordable Care Act and potential policy alternatives, health care delivery approaches, public health issues, drug policy, and veterans' health care issues.

  • The Capitol Building, Washington, D.C.

    2016 Hill Highlights

    Dec 15, 2016

    In 2016, RAND experts conducted briefings on Capitol Hill, provided testimonies before congressional committees, hosted workshops, and published reports on some of the nation's most pressing issues, including health care for veterans, autonomous vehicles, NATO military posture, and cyber policy.

  • Capt. Elrico Hernandez, battalion physician assistant for 2nd Battalion, 3rd Infantry Regiment, 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, discusses a training scenario as part of a primary care behavioral health seminar.

    Can the Civilian Mental Health Workforce Meet the Needs of the Veteran Population?

    Nov 12, 2014

    The current state of readiness among civilian behavioral health providers to deliver care to veterans and their families has gaps in several areas. Improvements in workforce assessments, training, and facilitation will help to ensure that high quality care is delivered.

  • Veterans and employers marching in parade to promote 100,000 Jobs Mission

    RAND Study: Veteran Employment Valued, But Challenges Still Need to be Addressed

    Nov 10, 2014

    Businesses report that U.S. military veterans make excellent employees, but companies still experience challenges locating and hiring them according to a new RAND Corporation report

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    RAND Researchers Identify Gaps in Support for America's Military Caregivers

    Apr 1, 2014

    RAND released a new report, “Hidden Heroes: America's Military Caregivers” that sheds light on the magnitude of military caregiving in the United States and identifies gaps in the array of programs, policies, and initiatives designed to support military caregivers.

  • RAND.org's Redesign: New Homepage and Navigation Optimization for All Devices

    Mar 20, 2014

    RAND.org has been reimagined to make high quality research and insights more accessible to Hill staff like you. The new homepage and updated navigation optimize content delivery for your preferred device and place our most timely content at your fingertips.

  • Sergeant therapeutically paints through PTSD healing process

    June 27 Is PTSD Awareness Day

    Jun 24, 2013

    As Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Awareness Day approaches, policymakers continue to look for ways to best help our nation's servicemembers and veterans with PTSD and other combat related mental health problems. RAND research addresses PTSD and similar issues.

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    Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Awareness Day

    Jun 21, 2012

    As PTSD Awareness Day approaches on June 27, policymakers continue to look for ways to best help our nation's servicemembers and veterans with PTSD and other combat-related issues. RAND research has documented the prevalence of post-deployment mental health problems among our newest generation of veterans.

  • Improving Disabled Veterans' Employment Prospects Using Tax Credits

    Apr 13, 2012

    Concern regarding the economic problems faced by veterans, particularly those disabled since 9/11, has motivated a range of new federal programs aimed at improving veteran employment, including legislation passed in 2007 which expanded the use of the Work Opportunity Tax Credit program to incentivize hiring of disabled veterans.

  • Why Are For-Profit Colleges Appealing to Veterans?

    Mar 8, 2012

    As veterans return home from combat and take advantage of the opportunities offered by the Post-9/11 GI Bill, many have turned to for-profit colleges because of the schools' unique ability to meet their needs.

  • Senior Staff SOTU Debrief from RAND Corporation

    Jan 25, 2012

    We've assembled a selection of RAND reports, journal articles, commentary, videos, and experts on these SOTU topics that provide you with analysis, insights, and ideas you can use in the months ahead.


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Testimony

2010 and prior

June 18, 2010
Considerations for the Use of Private Security Contractors in Future U.S. Military Deployments

Molly Dunigan

Testimony presented before the Commission on Wartime Contracting.

April 28, 2010
The Role of Incentive Pays in Military Compensation

James Hosek

Testimony presented before the Senate Armed Services Committee, Subcommittee on Personnel.

March 9, 2010
Children on the Home Front: The Experiences of Children from Military Families

Anita Chandra

Testimony before the House Armed Services Committee, Subcommittee on Military Personnel.

April 29, 2009
Gauging Future Demand for Veterans' Health Care: Does the VA Have the Forecasting Tools It Needs?

Katherine M. Harris

Testimony presented before the House Veterans' Affairs Committee.

March 24, 2009
Assessing Combat Exposure and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in Troops and Estimating the Costs to Society: Implications from the RAND Invisible Wounds of War Study

Terri Tanielian

Testimony presented before the House Veterans' Affairs Committee, Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs.

June 12, 2008
Invisible Wounds of War: Quantifying the Societal Costs of Psychological and Cognitive Injuries

Christine Eibner

Testimony presented before the Joint Economic Committee.

June 11, 2008
Invisible Wounds of War: Recommendations for Addressing Psychological and Cognitive Injuries

Terri Tanielian

Testimony presented before the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs.

June 11, 2008
Invisible Wounds of War: Summary of Key Findings on Psychological and Cognitive Injuries

Lisa H. Jaycox

Testimony presented before the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs.

April 21, 2005
Initiatives to Control Military Health Costs

S. D. Hosek

Testimony presented to the Senate Committee on Armed Services, Subcommittee on Personnel.

June 17, 2003
Statement on the Final Report of the President's Task Force to Improve Health Care Delivery for Our Nation's Veterans

C. Ross Anthony

Testimony presented before the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs.

Testimony not available

November 16, 1999
A Review of the Scientific Literature as It Pertains to Gulf War Illnesses; Pyridostigmine Bromide

Beatrice A. Golomb and C. Ross Anthony

Testimony presented to the Subcommittee on Health and Oversight and the Subcommittee on Investigations, Committee on Veterans' Affairs, U.S. House of Representatives.

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Briefs

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