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VA to Establish Veterans Care Research Center

The Department of Veterans Affairs has announced plans to create a research facility to explore integrated approaches for the delivery of caregiving services to former military service members.

VA said Friday the Elizabeth Dole Center of Excellence for Veteran and Caregiver Research will support peer-reviewed studies on training, evaluation and adoption of best practices in aid of veterans' caregivers across the department, federal agencies, industry and nonprofit organizations.

The center is named for the former senator who has demonstrated a dedication to the welfare of the country's military and veteran caregivers and has supported RAND Corp. research into the challenges they face.

VA's Office of Health Services Research and Development will manage the CoE where a multidisciplinary research team, led by Luci Leykum from the South Texas Veterans Health Care System.

The CoE's partner institutions include the Miami VA Healthcare System, VA Salt Lake City Health Care System and the VA Palo Alto Health Care System.

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