RAND Corporation has announced a $10 million gift from the San Diego-based Epstein Family Foundation to launch an institute dedicated to developing creative strategies and interventions that address issues facing veterans and military families.
The RAND Epstein Family Veterans Policy Research Institute will conduct research aimed at informing policy at the national and local levels on a broad range of issues impacting veterans, including housing, health, and mental health care. Core research areas will include developing a better understanding of how military service and post-service experiences affect the short- and long-term needs of veterans and their families. To be co-directed by senior policy researcher Carrie Farmer and senior behavioral scientist Rajeev Ramchand, the institute will partner with the University of Southern California to conduct research, disseminate findings, and educate stakeholders on ways to improve veteran outcomes.
"It is gratifying that my gift will help RAND make a positive difference in the lives of veterans and their families," said Epstein Family Foundation president Daniel J. Epstein, a U.S. Army veteran and founder of the ConAm Group. "RAND has a strong track record of research and analysis on the needs of veterans and caregivers. I believe that the collaboration among two premier research organizations — RAND and USC — will lead to solutions that address the special needs of our service members."