POLICY

Research & Publications

Swords to Plowshares has developed several publications that highlight the issues facing veteran communities. We aim to raise awareness and inform stakeholders who can work together to improve the systems of care veterans and their families need.  
Legal
Swords to Plowshares and the National Veterans Legal Service Program (“Petitioners”) submit these comments in response to the proposed rule issued by the Department of Veterans Affairs’ (“VA”) on July 10, 2020 (“Proposed Rule”).
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Education
In order to understand the financial challenges and needs of student veterans, Swords to Plowshares conducted eleven online focus groups and three in-person research workshops with seventy-seven student veterans in California from forty colleges and universities in 2019 and early 2020.
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Mental Health
This fact sheet covers circumstances that could lead to a servicemember being less than honorably discharged from the military, and subsequent issues with access to care from the Department of Veterans Affairs.
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Legal
A report published in conjunction with National Veterans Legal Services Program and the Veterans Legal Clinic at the Legal Services Center of Harvard Law School to raise awareness about the implications of excluding “bad paper” veterans from care and the VA’s authority to grant access.
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Legal
This brief addresses the due process harms of the unreasonable delay on veterans while they wait for the disability benefits to which they are entitled.
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Women Veterans
A guide across all sectors to identify women veterans within their organization, better understand the issues they face, and strategies for more effective care.
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Women Veterans
Recommendations for improving health and wellness among women veterans based on our California Women Veterans Project.
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Housing and Supportive Services
The Exchange brought together organizations in the UK and United States to explore co-production, coordinated approaches, arts, veterans’ services, and homelessness prevention.
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Employment
This fact sheet highlights avenues for human resource professionals and hiring managers to hire, retain, and support veterans in the civilian workplace.
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Employment
This toolkit was developed for veteran employment and training service agencies to improve their outreach tools, provide quality job training programs, and measure their impact.
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Education
This self-assessment is a tool for institutions of higher learning to examine how well-prepared they are for today’s military-connected students.
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Education
Research-based recommendations complied by campus staff to improve services and education outcomes of student veterans.
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Education
Research-based recommendations from veterans to improve services and education outcomes of student veterans.
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Mental Health
This report examines issues including post-traumatic stress disorder as a result of military sexual trauma and offers policy recommendations.
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Mental Health
Older veterans represent 66% of the veteran population and have higher rates of health conditions impacted by their military service.
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Mental Health
The Congressional Commission on Care was charged with examining the VA Healthcare System. Swords to Plowshares’ own executive director served on the Commission and we conducted our own examination of VA healthcare compared to private healthcare.
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Mental Health
This report summarizes the Mental Health Summit, jointly hosted by Swords to Plowshares, the San Francisco VA Health Care system and other partners.
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Mental Health
This Toolkit provides a framework of understanding traumatic brain injury (TBI) from a community behavioral health and social service perspective.
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Other
A comprehensive guide for researchers, policy makers, advocates, and veterans.
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