VA Researchers Seek Volunteers for Engagement Council

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(April 2014) Lead therapist Michael Firestone adjusts the Exoskeleton computer backpack for veteran Josh Baker, paralyzed after a motorcycle accident. Credit Bobbie O’Brien / WUSF Public Media

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

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.


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