Veterans’ Course Material

“Law and Veterans’ Issues: Policy Challenges and Best Practices” Mini-Course, Harris School of Public Policy at The University of Chicago.

The following research material was used in this mini-course. Additionally, there is supplemental research and resource material that has been added, which was received after the completion of the mini-course. A course description and outline is provided below:

This research material is generally organized along the topics covered in the mini-course, in the order that they were presented, as follows: introduction to veterans’ issues; veterans’ PTSD, TBI, mental health; legal issues/veterans’ courts; housing and homelessness, and employment and training.

IMPORTANT: My intention is for this to be a “living site”, where people might suggest additional research material for inclusion on each of the topics covered. Should you be aware of any research studies, professional journal articles, and/or links to relevant sites on the topics covered that should be included in this list, please email them to me at ([email protected]).

Organizations desiring to link directly to this page on my site should email me at ([email protected]) for permission to do so.

I gratefully acknowledge and sincerely appreciate the resource and research material provided by the course speakers, in addition to that provided by such organizations as the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA), and the Warrior and Family Support Office of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

I hope that you find this research and resource material useful and helpful.


Very truly yours,


Paul A. Dillon,

Creator and Co-Instructor

“Law and Veterans’ Issues: Policy Challenges and Best Practices” Mini-Course




 Introduction to Veterans’ Issues—Past and Present

 Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Substance Abuse
Legal Issues and Veterans’ Courts
Homelessness/Housing and Employment/Training  Options for Veterans

     Homelessness and Housing

     Employment/Training Options

Additional Resources (Uncategorized)

    • Guide to VA Mental Health Services for Veterans & Families

    Underserved: How the VA Wrongfully Excludes Veterans with Bad Paper– National Veterans Legal Services Program and the Veterans Legal Clinic at the Legal Services Center of Harvard Law School. March, 2016.

    Veterans Law and Disability Benefits Clinic

    Status of Veteran Homelessness in North Carolina–Presentation–6-23-16


  • VA Suicide Prevention Program Facts about Veteran Suicide July 2016




  • Suicide Prevention is Everyone’s Business