The Reporter’s Guide to Veterans’ Health Care

An easy-to-reference guide to veterans and their health care.

The Reporter’s Guide to Veterans’ Health Care is an easy-to-reference resource for any reporter facing an imminent deadline. It provides the basics needed to accurately report on veterans’ specific health conditions and much-needed context about how and why veterans’ care is delivered. 

What’s Inside:

  • The Veteran Patient: A profile on common conditions, illnesses, and needs

  • Explanations of veterans’ health care reporting challenges and suggestions on how to cultivate sources

  • Analysis of the Choice Program and the VA MISSION Act

  • Dozens of links to helpful research, data, and programs

  • A primer on who is eligible for VA health care

  • PTSD and its treatment, explained

  • A tour of available care for women veterans

  • A breakdown of programs that address veterans' homelessness, legal issues, addiction, and joblessness

  • Information on end-of-life care, Military Sexual Trauma, and other veterans-specific care areas

  • Descriptions of how the VA and Veterans Health Administration function


On the Record Assistance

Need more information about a veterans’ health care policy, issue, or condition? Connect with a member of VHPI’s team. Email ExecDirector@VeteransPolicy.org for on the record assistance.

The Monday Tipsheet

VHPI’s weekly newsletter, “Driving the Week,” collects the stories and studies often missed by mainstream reporting into a single Monday tip sheet. Subscribers include Capitol Hill legislative staff, reporters in big cities and small towns, policymakers from coast to coast, and veterans across the nation. Should your story be included in our lineup? Email it to ExecDirector@VeteransPolicy.org.

VHPI on Social Media

Follow VHPI on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube for more information and coverage of veterans’ health care issues.


About the Authors

Suzanne Gordon has spent three decades reporting on health care systems, workers, policy, quality and patient safety. She has authored or edited 21 books on health care delivery and teamwork, is a patient advocate, and a journalist whose work has appeared in The New York Times, The Boston Globe, The Washington Post, Atlantic Monthly, Washington Monthly, The American Prospect, British Medical Journal (BMJ), JAMA, and many other publications. Gordon has interviewed hundreds of veterans and their caregivers, lawmakers, and health care professionals about the Veterans Health Administration. She is the author of Wounds of War: How the VA Delivers Health, Healing, and Hope to the Nation’s Veterans. Follow Suzanne on Twitter.

Jasper Craven worked for two years in the Boston Globe’s Metro and Investigative units where he collaborated on Shadow Campus, a three-part investigative series that was a finalist for the 2015 Pulitzer Prize. Jasper has written about veterans’ health care issues for The New York Times Magazine, Politico Magazine, The Nation, The Washington Monthly, The American Prospect, and Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting. Follow Jasper on Twitter.

Additionally, VHPI is grateful to the many veterans, caregivers, health care workers, congressional staffers, and veterans’ advocates who volunteered to help Suzanne and Jasper piece together the complex world of veterans’ health care.