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.

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  • RAND Weekly Recap

    Blog

    Supporting America's Veterans: RAND Weekly Recap

    This Veterans Day edition of the weekly recap focuses on helping veterans succeed in civilian jobs, a bakery that doubles as a business school for members of the military community, Black Americans’ military service, and more.

    Nov 11, 2022

  • Interior of Dog Tag Bakery with people ordering at the counter and sitting at tables, photo courtesy of Dog Tag Inc.

    Essay

    Dog Tag Bakery: A Fresh Start for Veterans

    A bakery in Washington, D.C., brings together service-disabled post–9/11 veterans, military spouses, and caregivers. For five months, they are immersed in an intensive entrepreneurial-focused business program. It's become a model for helping veterans and others in the military community reestablish their lives.

    Nov 1, 2022

  • A group of Dog Tag Inc. fellowship participants sit in a circle talking. A sign in the window in the background says "Dog Tag Bakery."

    Research Brief

    Fellowship Program Supports the Transition from Military to Civilian Life

    Dog Tag Inc.'s entrepreneurial fellowship program helps veterans, their spouses, and their caregivers prepare for careers in the civilian workforce. In addition to occupational training in a variety of business sectors, the program offers wellness activities and peer support.

    Oct 12, 2022

  • Veterans at a job fair, May 27, 2020, photo by John Steve/U.S. Department of Labor

    Q&A

    The Mutual Rewards of Hiring a Veteran: Q&A with Kyleanne Hunter and Kayla Williams

    July 25 is National Hire a Veteran Day, and its purpose is to encourage employers to look to this diverse pool of workers to fill positions. Employers stand to benefit from the experience and skills that veterans acquire during military service. For veterans, a fulfilling career can ease the transition to civilian life.

    Jul 25, 2022

  • U.S. President Joe Biden delivers the State of the Union address at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., March 1, 2022, photo by Saul Loeb/Pool via Reuters

    Blog

    State of the Union 2022: Russia's Invasion of Ukraine and Domestic Policy

    In his first State of the Union address, President Joe Biden rebuked Russia for its invasion of Ukraine, aimed to turn a page on the pandemic, and covered a wide range of domestic issues, including mental health care, prescription drug prices, and supporting veterans.

    Mar 2, 2022

More Research on Veterans

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

    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.

    Feb 18, 2016

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    Hidden Heroes: America's Military Caregivers

    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.

    May 15, 2014

  • Event

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

    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.

    Dec 1, 2011

  • Event

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

    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.

    May 10, 2011

  • Event

    Diversity of Service Academy Entrants and Graduates

    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.

    Jun 23, 2010

More Veterans Briefings

Alerts & Newsletters

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

  • Close-up of soldier and partner holding hands indoors.

    Wait Times for Veterans Scheduling Health Care Appointments

    RAND researcher Carrie Farmer highlighted three recommendations for how Congress and VA could improve available data on Community Care, with the ultimate goal of providing veterans with the information needed to make decisions about where to receive care.

    Oct 13, 2022

  • Encampment of tents with American flags in Los Angeles, photo by Bethany/Adobe Stock

    Better Aligning Housing Options with Veteran Preferences Could Help Alleviate Homelessness

    Veteran homelessness in Los Angeles is a pervasive public health problem, with the county having the highest concentration of veterans experiencing homelessness in the United States. A new report describes a first-of-its-kind longitudinal study that followed 26 veterans experiencing homelessness in West Los Angeles.

    Dec 16, 2021

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

    Considering Veterans Policy in the 117th Congress

    What are the biggest veterans' health policy issues facing the 117th Congress? RAND experts offer up insight on a variety of topics, including mental health, quality of care, suicide prevention, and more.

    Feb 16, 2021

  • Veterans talk in a group therapy session, photo by SDI Productions/Getty Images

    Improving Treatment for Post-9/11 Veterans with Co-Occurring Substance Use Disorders

    Veterans who have served in the military since September 11, 2001, are at particularly high risk for co-occurring substance use disorders (SUDs) and mental health disorders, such as posttraumatic stress disorder and depression. According to a new RAND report, veterans with co-occurring mental health and SUDs require evidence-based treatment for both types of disorders.

    Jul 23, 2020

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

    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.

    Jun 3, 2019

  • A veteran talks to a counselor

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

    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.

    May 1, 2018

  • 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

    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.

    Jun 28, 2017

  • Distressed soldier with counselor

    In Case You Missed It: Preventing Veteran Suicide

    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.

    May 19, 2017

  • Stethoscope on an American flag

    Health Care Issues in the 115th Congress

    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.

    Mar 24, 2017

  • The Capitol Building, Washington, D.C.

    2016 Hill Highlights

    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.

    Dec 15, 2016

  • 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?

    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.

    Nov 12, 2014

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

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

    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

    Nov 10, 2014

  • Woman hugging soldier

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

    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.

    Apr 1, 2014

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

    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.

    Mar 20, 2014

  • Sergeant therapeutically paints through PTSD healing process

    June 27 Is PTSD Awareness Day

    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.

    Jun 24, 2013

  • A depressed marine

    Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Awareness Day

    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.

    Jun 21, 2012

  • Newsletter

    Improving Disabled Veterans' Employment Prospects Using Tax Credits

    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.

    Apr 13, 2012

  • Newsletter

    Why Are For-Profit Colleges Appealing to Veterans?

    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.

    Mar 8, 2012

  • State of the Union address January 2011

    Senior Staff SOTU Debrief from RAND Corporation

    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.

    Jan 25, 2012


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