The RAND Military Caregivers Study

The RAND Military Caregivers Study focuses on the caregivers of wounded, ill, and injured military servicemembers and veterans. Funded by the Elizabeth Dole Foundation, the study aims to quantify military caregivers' needs and examine existing policies and programs for meeting them.

Who Are Military Caregivers?

A military caregiver is a family member, friend, or acquaintance who provides a broad range of care and assistance for, or manages the care of, a current or former military servicemember with a disabling physical or mental injury or illness.

Although significant attention has been paid to servicemembers and veterans with service-related injuries and associated conditions, little is known about the needs of their caregivers or the resources that exist to meet them.

  • Hidden Heroes: America's Military Caregivers

    Mar 31, 2014

    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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From RAND Review

  • Military Caregivers Share the Costs of War

    Oct 30, 2017

    Millions of veterans and service members receive care from family and friends who need support as well. Military caregivers sacrifice their time, their jobs, and even their health to provide a service worth billions of dollars to the United States. RAND research illuminates who they are, what they do, and what they need to succeed.

  • Hidden Heroes: America's Military Caregivers Serve in the Shadow of War — and of the Wounded

    Apr 1, 2014

    Millions of military veterans rely on families and friends for daily, long-term support, but the burdens borne by those caring for veterans who served after 9/11 versus those who served before differ in fundamental ways.

From the RAND Blog

  • Caring for Our Nation's Hidden Heroes?

    May 7, 2015

    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.

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