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New Tampa golf tournament to aid injured veterans

Special correspondent
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The Tampa VA Research and Education Foundation Inc. invites golfers and sponsors to its fourth annual golf tournament on April 29 at Hunter’s Green Country Club in New Tampa.

Proceeds from the four-person scramble will advance research to help wounded veterans.

Gail Powell-Cope of Seffner directs one research team at the James A. Haley Veterans Hospital in Tampa. She has worked there since 1996 and oversees a $10 million annual budget as section chief of rehabilitation outcomes research, research service and nursing research service.

She is strongly committed to “serving those who have served our country,” she said. Her interdisciplinary team focuses “on finding ways to improve functioning,” including mobility, cognitive functioning, quality of life and community reintegration for veterans with disabilities.

Currently it is examining the timeliness of treatment of traumatic brain injury patients and developing evidence-based, clinical procedures for measuring and tracking wound healing.

Its newest emphasis is helping disabled veterans adjust to civilian life.

“With over two million men and women who have served in Iraq or Afghanistan, community reintegration is a priority as they face life after military service,” Powell-Cope said.

Powell-Cope also is dedicated to “mentoring the next generation of researchers to continue the important work we do in rehabilitation research. I have the opportunity to work with bright, new, talented researchers,” she said.

The researchers’ greatest challenges are financial.

“Funding opportunities are not as abundant as they once were,” Powell-Cope said, so the team must be creative.

To apply for grants, they must present preliminary data to the funding source. The golf tournament will provide seed money for grants.

Her colleague William R. Gower, associate chief of staff for the medical research and development department at the James A. Haley Veterans Hospital and also a Seffner resident, agreed.

“There is a need for more money for research. There are a lot of great ideas and important problems that need to be solved.”

IF YOU GO

WHAT: Golf Tournament, sponsored by the Tampa VA Research and Education Foundation Inc.; traditional golf attire required.

WHEN: April 29; registration and box lunch 11 a.m.; four-person scramble starts at noon; banquet 6:30 p.m.

WHERE: Hunter’s Green Country Club, 18101 Longwater Run Drive, Tampa.

WHY: Fund research for wounded veterans at the James A. Haley Veterans Hospital .

CONTACT: Call Lisa Lehman at (863) 513-3481 or email lisa@tampavaref.org.


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