Military Veterans


Military veterans—individuals who complete military service whether at home or deployed overseas, in peacetime or in combat—are entitled to and in some cases require various government services. RAND research has examined the physical and mental health, interpersonal relationships, and employment problems that U.S. military veterans and their families face, and has recommended policies to support veterans' reintegration into civilian life.

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    Strategies to Help Prevent Suicide Among Veterans

    Jul 15, 2021

    Suicide rates have been higher among veterans than nonveterans for the past 12 years. And since 2005, the rate has risen faster among veterans than it has for nonveterans. There are opportunities to improve risk identification, evaluation, support, treatments, and interventions.

  • A worker checks the identification of a veteran receiving aid at food bank in Dayton, Ohio, October 15, 2020, photo by Jeffrey Dean/Reuters


    Veterans Experience Food Insecurity

    Jul 21, 2021

    Food insecurity is associated with poorer mental and physical health, as well as homelessness. Some veterans are at higher risk, including women, those who have been homeless, and those with serious mental illness. Few veterans receive support from federal programs designed to prevent food insecurity.

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