Veteran Engagement Panel 



About Veteran Engagement Panel (VEP)

The Pain/Opioid CORE Veteran Engagement Panel (VEP) is a group of 13 Veterans from across the country who work as patient advisors to VA researchers to enhance patient-centered research. All VEP members have personal experience with chronic pain and/or opioids. Veteran members are a diverse group of men and women across a wide age range and backgrounds. Members include students, retirees, and current workers with varied military, volunteer, and professional experiences. The VEP aims to enhance Veteran-engaged research by providing an authentic perspective and constructive feedback on research projects to strengthen their impact.

The VEP can provide support throughout the research life cycle, from project proposal through publication.  They provide feedback about study materials, barriers and facilitators to Veteran participation as well as brainstorming solutions to potential and actual challenges encountered by the research team. The VEP also helps inform how researchers share study findings to Veterans and the general public.

Working with the VEP

Interested in meeting with the VEP? The panel is available as a complimentary resource to VA investigators with a pain- or opioid-related topic. Limited prep work is required, and meetings are led by Pain/Opioid CORE staff. Click here for more information about Veteran engagement at the Pain/Opioid CORE. Please contact Tracy Sides at [email protected] to learn more!

Meet the VEP Members

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