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VA Researchers Seek Volunteers For Council

U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs
VA Secretary Bob McDonald (left) watches as paralyzed Navy Veteran Dwayne Scheuneman (right) demonstrates the Exoskeleton during the new leader's visit Wednesday at the James A. Haley VA Polytrauma Center.

Veterans and their family members in the Tampa Bay region have an opportunity to help guide VA research at James A. Haley Veterans Hospital.

The Haley VA is looking for 10 volunteers to serve on a Veteran Engagement Council. The council will bring a veterans’ perspective and help shape VA research that studies things like the effectiveness of new technologies on veterans’ care.

Council members will have the opportunity to interact with primary investigators and the research center staff to develop ideas for future research and provide feedback on current proposals.

To serve on the Veteran Engagement Council, you need to be a veteran, a family member or caregiver of a veteran and want to bring about meaningful change in VA research.

Volunteers should have good communication skills, have received VA care or have a family member under VA care, and be willing to look beyond personal experiences.

The terms are two years and require attending a monthly meeting of up to two hours in person or through phone conferencing.

A copy of the application and details are available here, or for more information, call Sandra Winkler at 813-558-3949, Kiersten Downs at 813-476-2153 or Paul Arthur at 386-234-1102.

Bobbie O’Brien has been a Reporter/Producer at WUSF since 1991. She reports on general news topics in Florida and the Tampa Bay region.
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