Dale Arnold

Date of Award

Spring 2017

Degree Name

Master of Science



First Advisor

Dr. Gregory Veeck

Second Advisor

Dr. David Lemberg

Third Advisor

Dr. Lucius Hallett


Veteran, healthcare, accessibility satisfaction, Michigan

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access


There are currently over 600,000 veterans in the State of Michigan served by only five Veterans’ Administration Medical Centers. These medical centers are not evenly distributed throughout the state with the majority located in the southernmost portion of the state. There necessarily will be a number of veterans for which it is unreasonable to travel to these medical centers to receive care to which they are entitled. This research will investigate the number of veterans that are currently required to drive excessive distances to receive adequate care under the present system, and to possibly suggest solutions to the current situation.