As the 2016 election cycle moves into full swing, four CNAS experts lay out a comprehensive overview of issues facing the veteran and military community and a plan with substantive recommendations for how the next President can best serve the veteran and military community.
The report is authored by Military, Veterans, and Society Program Director Phillip Carter, Adjunct Fellow Jason Dempsey, Bacevich Fellow Katherine Kidder, and Research Assistant Amy Schafer.
Key recommendations of the report include:
- Continued focus by the next administration on immediate issues such as access to health care, transition to civilian employment, and support to veterans in crisis (like those facing homelessness or legal problems).
- Structural reform of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to better serve veterans, including better alignment of the VA’s resources and requirements.
- Expanded data sharing between the government, private, and non-profit sectors that enables needs assessment, resource allocation, and future planning.
- Elimination of barriers to public-private-nonprofit partnerships that could help veterans better succeed in civilian life.
- Identification of normative outcomes, and rigorous evaluation of how public, private and nonprofit programs perform against these outcomes.