Unsung Heroes: Military Families After 10 Years of War
When service members enlist, their families enlist with them. Through two of the longest wars in American history, military families have braved unique challenges with the same strength and resilience as their loved ones fighting overseas. This report discusses the financial, economic and psychological issues impacting the military families of the current generation of service members and also illustrates measures and policies that aimed at improving the quality of life of these families. Read full report.
New York’s Newest Veterans: Key Findings and Policy Implications of the RAND Corporation’s Needs Assessment of New York State Veterans
This report looks at several of the key findings from RAND’s report “A Needs Assessment of New York State Veterans: Final Report to the New York State Health Foundation.” Using focus groups and an epidemiologic survey, RAND provided an in-depth look at the challenges facing New York State veterans and their families, including unemployment, mental health injuries, stigma and isolation. Read full report.
Red Tape: Veterans Fight New Battles for Care and Benefits
While the VA and DOD have made efforts in recent years, including the development of a Joint Disability Evaluation System that promises to streamline the disability process, progress has been painfully slow. The following report outlines these obstacles—from the moment a wounded service member returns home, to their transition from the DOD to the VA, and to their long waits for VA care and disability compensation. Read full report.
Women Warriors: Supporting She ‘Who Has Borne the Battle’
Women have joined the military’s ranks—serving in new roles, in greater numbers than ever before, and in combat. Like their male peers, women veterans have shown enormous dedication and courage in defending their country. But too often, they do not receive the same support, even within the military and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). This report details the challenges facing women service members and veterans, and provides suggestions on how best to support our women warriors. Read full report.
Careers After Combat: Employment and Education Challenges for Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans
Each year, over 300,000 troops complete their military service and begin the transition to civilian life. This report details the struggles faced by active-duty military as they transition home, as well as those faced by National Guardsmen and Reservists. Beyond employment, this report also details the potential benefits of the New GI Bill for veterans returning home from service. Read full report.
Coming Home: The Housing Crisis and Homelessness Threaten New Veterans
In early 2008, foreclosure rats in military towns were increasing at four times the national average. This report details the severe impact of the housing crisis on Iraq and Afghanistan veterans and their families, and addresses the widespread issues of foreclosures and homelessness among military populations in the midst of the housing crisis. Read full report.
Invisible Wounds: Psychological and Neurological Injuries Confront a New Generation of Veterans
Among Iraq and Afghanistan veterans, rates of psychological and neurological injuries are high and rising, with nearly 20 percent of new veterans screening positive for PTSD or depression. This report details the scope and impacts of untreated mental health injuries among the new veteran population, and provides an overview of the initial response to the widespread need for mental health care. Read full report.