Featured Projects

Relationships with a range of public- and private-sector funders enable research that empowers and informs those who support veterans, their families, and their communities.

Ongoing Projects

  • Trends in Respiratory Health Conditions Among Veterans
  • Regional Variation in Veterans’ Risk of Becoming Homeless
  • The Impact of State-Level LGBTQ+ Policies on LGBTQ+ Veterans Health Care
  • An Empirical Profile of Veteran Families and Households
  • Violent Extremism among Veterans
  • Needs and Resources for Veterans in New York State
  • A New Examination of Military and Veteran Caregivers in 2023
  • Challenges and Opportunities to Support Veteran Single Parents
  • The Impact of State-Level Gun Policies on Veteran Suicide
  • The Landscape and Effectiveness of Federal Programs to Support Military-to-Civilian Transition

Recently Completed

  • Veterans' Data in Focus

    A collection of infographics focused on veterans’ social, economic, and physical well-being can be used to shape policies and interventions that address veterans’ needs, close gaps in support, and foster better understanding of the veteran population and their families.

Hallmark Research

Veterans Choice Act Assessments

Congress passed the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014 to improve veterans’ access to timely, high-quality health care and improve accountability within the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. The legislation mandated an independent assessment of the health care provided to veterans, which examined the demographics and health care needs of veteran populations, health care resources and capabilities, and the authorities and mechanisms to ensure that veterans are able to get the care they need.

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    Balancing Demand and Supply for Veterans' Health Care

    What are veterans' demographics and health care needs and how might these evolve? What resources and capacity to deliver health care does the Department of Veterans Affairs have and how might this impact veterans' access? What should policymakers consider when examining changes to VA's use of purchased care?

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Care for Veterans with Substance Use and Mental Health Disorders Requires Improvement

Veterans who have served in the military since Sept. 11, 2001, are at particularly high risk for co-occurring substance use disorders and mental health disorders, such as posttraumatic stress disorder and depression. However, most veterans with co-occurring disorders do not receive treatment. A need to lower barriers to care, improve screening, and provide evidence-based, integrated treatment targeting both types of conditions concurrently are among the steps the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs can take to improve veterans’ long-term treatment outcomes.

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    Improving Substance Use Care for Post-9/11 Veterans

    A review of the clinical literature identified efficacious approaches to treating substance use disorders alone and alongside mental health disorders and informed an analysis of treatment center availability for veterans with co-occurring substance use disorders and mental health disorders.

The RAND Military Caregivers Study

Family members and social networks are a key component of the care system for wounded service members. Providing this unpaid, informal care over the long term can have a physical, emotional, and financial toll. The most comprehensive study of the needs of military caregivers to date identified gaps in support for these “hidden heroes” and mechanisms to empower them.

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    Hidden Heroes: America's Military Caregivers

    There are 5.5 million military caregivers across the United States, with nearly 20 percent caring for someone who served since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Military caregivers experience more health problems, face greater strains in family relationships, and have more workplace issues than noncaregivers. Changes are needed to both provide assistance to caregivers and to help them make plans for the future.

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