Supporting Veterans in Massachusetts: An Assessment of Needs, Wellbeing, and Available Resources

While many organizations are working to provide services to the military and veteran community, little comprehensive information exists about the health, employment, and other needs of these service members and veterans. This report by the RAND Corporation, commissioned by the Klarman Family Foundation, explored the needs of Massachusetts veterans, service members, and their families around health and healthcare, education, employment, housing, and other areas, to provide a better understanding of how these needs vary by region, demographics, and socio-economic factors.

Results from this study will inform the development of services that meet the needs of Massachusetts veterans, service members, and military families. Please visit RAND's website to learn more and review the complete study and interactive visualization tools reflecting data from three different information sources. These tools were designed to complement the RAND report and to enable stakeholders to explore the data we have gathered to help inform their efforts to support veterans.

The Survey tool has tabs displaying data from RAND’s survey of Massachusetts veterans, National Guard, and Reservists. The Resources tool provides information about organizations that serve Massachusetts veterans and their families. You can sort the organizations by region or category. The Census tool, with multiple tabs across the top, displays data from the American Community Survey. These data are nationally representative and are useful for comparing statistics between regions.

RAND Survey of Massachusetts Veterans

To supplement the census data analysis, we conducted a web-based survey of more than 900 veterans and NG/R members. In addition to demographic information, we asked participants about various aspects of their education, employment, health, social support, housing, and finances, and we included questions about their use and perceptions of services targeting Massachusetts veterans and service members. You can explore these data by affiliation and service era, age category, marital status, race and ethnicity, region, sex, and primary language.

Resource List

This is a searchable database of the table found in the full report (Appendix B). Each organization was identified through the MassVetsAdvisor directory and/or stakeholder input. The symbols indicate the type of resources or services that the organization claims to offer for veterans, service members, and/or their families in Massachusetts.

Census Analysis

To learn more about Massachusetts veterans and service members, RAND analyzed nationally representative data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey. Three tabs include maps, financial information, and an option to explore the data and compare the characteristics and well-being Massachusetts veterans and service members by region or gender.